On the one hand, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira may not be stealing many headlines from teammate Alex Rodriguez, but the Bronx Bombers don’t go 5-2 over the past week without his white-hot hitting, an MLB-best 5 home runs and 10 RBIs.
On the other, Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria -- who hit .276 in a breakout campaign in 2014, his second as a full-time starter – hit .500 (12-for-24) over the past week, leading the Marlins to a 5-1 record against National League East opponents.
Both Teixeira and Hechavarria drove in 10 runs to pace the majors, with Teixeira scoring 6 himself, and Hechavarria crossing home 8 times, with a .520 on-base percentage – fourth in the bigs, and second in the National League.
Teixeira paced the majors with a 1.000 slugging percentage, with a double to go along with his five home runs. His .429 on-base percentage was built on eight hits and four walks, with just three strikeouts. Hechavarria fanned five times and walked just once, but added a stolen base, a double and a triple.
Hechavarria is currently on a nine-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in four of his last five games, and multiple runs scored in three of his last five, highlighted by a 4-for-4 series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 23 that saw Hechavarria score twice and drive in three, helping the Marlins to a 9-1 win.
Teixeira went 8-for-24 this past week, with six of those eight hits going for extra bases. He’s gotten at least one base hit in five of his past seven, highlighted by a 2-for-4, two-home run, four-RBI performance against the New York Mets on April 23.