Mark Teixeira has seen his batting average and OPS drop for four straight years. That is not good. The power is still there, he hit 39 home runs in 2011, but batted .248 and struck out 110 times. That's just embarrassing.
Teixeira may very well be in contention for an AL Gold Glove and may hit 40 home runs in 2012, but as long as he hits below .250 he will be a failure.
What would I do if I was Teixeira? Stop switch-hitting so much. Look at his splits and you will see what I am saying.
LHB: .224/.325/.453, .778 OPS, 24 HR, 69 RBI, 85 K, 54 BB in 397 AB
RHB: .297/.373/.578, .951 OPS, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 25 K, 22 BB in 192 AB
Teixeira is just a much better hitter when he bats right-handed. If he has 600 ABs in 2012 and he bats right-handed all year, this will be his final stat line if he keeps up his 2011 pace:
.297/.373/.578, .951 OPS, 47 HR, 131 RBI, 78 K, 69 BB
Those stats would have put him at first in the majors in home runs and RBI, third in SLG, fifth in OPS, 14th in OBP, 18th lowest in strikeouts and 18th in walks.
Why must you bat left-handed, Mark Teixeira? It makes no sense.
Mark Teixeira will still switch-hit in 2012 and after you see those stats above, you will always ask yourself what could have been if he batted righty.