Patience rewarded

In the last seven days, Mark Teixeira has pounded out four home runs and knocked in 11.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano every year, New York Yankees' first baseman Mark Teixeira "returns" to being a top fantasy player every May. This year is no exception.

The man who owns a lifetime .235 batting average and 0.753 OPS in the months of March and April, becomes the "end of the first round" pick you drafted (ADP 8.6) when the calendar turns to May.

As long as you showed patience this spring and didn't trade him away while he was struggling (April batting average of .136, OPS of 0.559) then you have likely survived the "rough" patch and will now be rewarded.

In the last seven days, Teixeira has pounded out four home runs and knocked in 11 while scoring seven times. Hit batting average is .310 and his OPS is a stunning 1.134.

He did the same thing last season, batting .200 in April and then exploding in May. Many pundits said it was because Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup, but those who have looked at Teixeira's career numbers know it had nothing to do with "A-Rod."

Last May Teixeira produced 13 homers in May and knocked in 34 runs, so this week's explosion should just be the beginning.

Do not trade him now unless you are overwhelmed with an offer so good that you would have to be crazy to refuse.

Mark Teixeira career statistics by month

MonthGMABRHHRRBIAVESLGOPS
Mar/Apr1706479615224830.2350.4110.753
May197744128221431590.2970.5510.931
June164621105173401280.2770.5460.920
July174666108189411190.2840.5270.898
August198756128235491620.3110.5750.972
Sept/Oct192723125226511730.3130.6131.006


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