Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Good walk rate? Check. Good strikeout rate? Check. Solid line drive and infield fly rates? Check and check.Confused? Check.What the heck is going on with Mark Teixeira‘s batting average! I understand that the man is aging and I get that he’s probably one of the slower sluggers in baseball, but Teixeira’s .250ish batting average fails both the formula test and the eye test. Our xBA equation accounts for a lot of the measurable factors that go into a player’s batting average — contact rates, type of contact, speed, strength — and it says Teixeira should have been a high-.260s hitter in 2010 and 2011 and a .288 hitter last year. When I actually sit down and pour through Teixeira’s Fangraphs page, I come to the same conclusion.He’ll be 33 years old this April, so while Teixeira isn’t ancient, he’s still a 10-year veteran. Last year aside he’s still put up great run, home run, and RBI numbers, and his lineup and ballpark certainly help augment those stats. No, he’s not the .300/35/120 playe
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