April is Mark Teixeira‘s worst month. Few things are as certain as Teix slumping to start the season.
Another near certainty: The slump ends in May. On Saturday, Teixeira belted three homers — two solo shots and a two-run bomb — and went 4-for-6 with five RBI. He’s only hitting .207, but that will change. His career average in May is .300. He also has 42 homers and 153 RBI in May compared to .237/24/83 in April.
Nine other noteworthy performances from Saturday:
Jody Gerut — In a big day for the Brewers, Gerut hit for the cycle, drove in four runs and scored four times. He was 4-for-6 and improved his batting average to .222.
Ryan Braun — Made the most out of his two hits in four at-bats. He hit a three-run homer, drove in another run and scored four times. He’s hitting .364.
Ryan Hanigan — The Reds also had a big day, with Hanigan leading the way in the RBI department. He hit a grand slam and drove in another run in a 3-for-4 day. Hanigan, who also doubled, is batting .409.
Drew Stubbs — Doubled in a 2-for-4 day, scored twice, drove in three runs and stole a base. He had been mired in a 1-for-14 skid and had just four hits in his last 31 at-bats.
Joey Votto — Had only one hit, but it was a two-run homer. He also scored three runs in a 1-for-3 day.
Jhoulys Chacin — Improved to 2-0 by pitching 7.1 shutout innings. He allowed eight baserunners and struck out seven. He’s got a 0.00 ERA in three games and 15 Ks to six walks. He’s got a 0.78 WHIP.
Felipe Paulino — Despite striking out 11 and allowing one earned run, Paulino fell to 0-5. He allowed just five baserunners, all on hits in seven innings. He lowered his ERA to 4.67 and his WHIP to 1.44.
Jon Garland — In seven shutout innings Garland allowed two baserunners (one walk) and struck out two to earn the win. Garland is now 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
Ian Stewart — Went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and drove in another run. He’s hitting a surprising .293 with six homers and 17 RBI.