• A-Rod The Straw?

    Posted by on April 20th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    I heard a stat last night on TV – and, if I heard it right, it said that A-Rod is batting over .700 when the Yankees win and around .100 when they lose. Granted, it’s only been 14 games. But, if that stat is true, it’s says something about his value to the team, no?

    Update: I went back and ran the numbers for myself. See:

    arodsplit.jpg

    Either I heard it wrong or they said it wrong – but, while the numbers are not as wide as I thought, there’s still something there.

    Comments on A-Rod The Straw?

    1. April 20th, 2006 | 10:04 am

      I think it does, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear someone twist this to “A-Rod only contributes to winning efforts, so he isn’t clutch” or some such crap.

      The expectations from him are so unfairly high – the guy does everything right on the field. My husband was saying before the season started something like “Do you think A-Rod will finally be A-Rod again this season?” I said, “Hello? He was only AL MVP last year, what more do you want from him?” That TV commercial – “Only 50 home runs this year, Alex?” – was supposed to be a *joke*.

    2. April 20th, 2006 | 11:07 am

      A-Rod can’t catch a break and never will. He’s everyone’s favority guy to hate, and he’s done nothing to deserve it.

      The expectations for A-Rod are so ridiculously unreasonable, if he goes out and hits .350-60-170 they’ll say “that’s what he should do with that contract.”

      A-Rod is extremely valuable to the team, not just with the bat, but with the glove and the fact that he plays every single day.

    3. Raf
      April 20th, 2006 | 11:32 am

      The expectations from him are so unfairly high – the guy does everything right on the field. My husband was saying before the season started something like “Do you think A-Rod will finally be A-Rod again this season?” I said, “Hello? He was only AL MVP last year, what more do you want from him?”
      ==========

      I suppose that’s the difference between seeing him play every day, and “seeing” him through box scores and highlights.

      Enjoy him while he’s here, you’re watching one of the greats of the game.

    4. April 20th, 2006 | 2:12 pm

      I bet there is a similar split among all the Yankee hitters. Well perhaps, maybe not as extreme, but similar. I mean considering in all of our winning efforts before yesterday we scored 9 runs and in all of our losing efforts we scored less than 5, all of the offense would have a split like that.

    5. rbj
      April 20th, 2006 | 3:46 pm

      Interesting comparison in yesterday’s game between “stat padding” A-Rod and Cap’n Clutch:
      A-Rod: 1 for 2, 2 RS & 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1K, 2 LOB
      Jeter: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 5 LOB
      (Not that I want to rekindle that debate, just that here’s a win in which Alex contributed a lot, Derek not so much.

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