Slump Busters: Mark Teixeira and A-Rod Heating Up for the New York Yankees

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Slump Busters: Mark Teixeira and A-Rod Heating Up for the New York Yankees
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It has been a sub par year for several Yankees in 2010 so far, but two major weapons for the Bronx Bombers are starting to return to form.

Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have had a fantastic past couple of weeks and are showing glimpses of their former selves.

A-Rod had been driving in runs, but his power numbers were way down and it looked as if he might never regain his power stroke.

However, ever since that road trip to Arizona and L.A. he has proved the doubters wrong.

After a monster night in Oakland on Tuesday, A-Rod has 14 home runs and 67 RBI on the season, leading the Yanks in that department.

Those numbers are much better than seven home runs and 50 RBI, which he had just about two weeks ago.

As everyone knows A-Rod is a key bat to the Yankees offense, especially after doing without him for the first month of last season, we all learned just how valuable a part of the lineup he is.

I expect a big second half for A-Rod this year, and he could be a possible MVP candidate when it's all said and done.

The other major offensive production that the Yankees had been missing this year, Mark Teixeira, has heated up as well.

He has reached base safely in 12 straight games, and has risen his batting average up to .241 presently, still a far cry from what he hit last year, but it's a step in the right direction.

In fact, Teixeira is hitting .309, with six home runs, and 20 RBI over the past couple of weeks.

Much like A-Rod, I think Teixeira will have a huge second half and start to look more like the MVP runner up from a year ago.

It is amazing to me, with all the struggles that these two players have had, that the Yankees sit atop the AL East with the best record in baseball.

Any way you look at it, these two players are major components to the Yankees' offense and are essential to the continued success of the franchise in the future, the postseason in particular.

So it is a good sign for the Bronx Bombers that they have, arguably, their two big bombers heating up as the season turns over to the second half drawing ever closer to October.

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