2012 Stat Prediction: .272/.358/.522, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 3 SB
Mark Teixeira's batting average has dropped from .308 in 2008 to .248 in 2011. That is unacceptable. I think his problem is that he is trying to pull every pitch out of the park. I think this can be fixed by him becoming a predominantly right-handed batter instead of constantly switching, but let's see what the stats say.
LH: .224/.325/.453, .778 OPS, 24 HR, 69 RBI in 397 At-Bats
RH: .297/.373/.578, .951 OPS, 15 HR, 42 RBI in 192 At-Bats
I understand what Teixeira is trying to do. He wants an advantage against pitchers. But when is he going to realize that this "advantage" is actually a disadvantage? Not only is his batting average .073 higher when batting right-handed, but he also has a higher slugging percentage.
You may say that the reason he does this is because he has more power when batting left-handed, as shown by his higher home run totals. But his number of at-bats is what makes it look that way. When Teixeira bats left-handed, he hits a home run once every 16.5 at-bats. But when he hits right-handed, he hits a home run one every 12.8 at-bats.
Not only does he hit for a higher average as a righty, but he also hits for more power. Mark, if for some reason you are reading this, please bat more as a righty in 2012. If you do, your numbers will drastically improve.
Even if he continues to be a switch-hitter, his batting average will rise because of his .239 BABIP, which was the third lowest in the majors in 2011.