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Eric Chavez has been a solid replacement for Rodriguez's offense, so the most important player for the Yankees to get back on track is Teixeira. New York's offense has been underperforming and missing the playoffs is a strong possibility. The Yankees need Teixeira to stabilize their offense.
The Rays and Yankees are both backing into October, and they play each other five more times. The Rays, for that matter, have six games with Texas mixed in there as well. Baltimore may be the only man standing after the Rays and Yanks stick knives in each other over the next two weeks.