I just noticed the following entry over at NoMaas.org -
06.19.2006 We should release Arod
2006 with Runners on Base:
.290 BA / .407 OBP / .556 SLG / .963 OPS
2006 with Runners in Scoring Position:
.299 BA / .444 OBP / .558 SLG / 1.002 OPS
2006 with Runners in Scoring Position, 2 outs:
.343 BA / .511 OBP / .600 SLG / 1.111 OPS
Even Yankee fans can be ignorant.
Related, Peter Abraham has an A-Rod “clutch” stat in his blog today:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Alex Rodriguez has had four hits this season that have given the Yankees the lead in the seventh inning or later.
In all of baseball, only Minnesota’s Justin Morneau and Michael Young of Texas have more with five each.
Not Derek Jeter. Not Big Papi Ortiz. Nobody else.
Around three weeks ago, I looked at A-Rod’s numbers this season in a different light.
And, I thought that I would re-look at them today. Here’s what I saw:
A-Rod’s Batting Results – By Game Score
Bottom line, this season, when the Yankees are tied, ahead, or trailing by three or more runs, Alex Rodriguez has been a monster with the stick – everything that the Yankees (and their fans) could expect from him (and maybe more).
Where A-Rod has been a no-show, this season, is when he comes to the plate and the Yankees are losing by 2 runs or less. These are the spots where one swing of the bat can get the Yankees back into the game, etc. Here, he’s batting .087 this season – yes, oh-eighty-seven.
So far, to date, Alex Rodriguez has come to the plate 54 times this season where the Yankees were trailing by 1 or 2 runs (in that game) – and, in those 54 PAs, he has produced 4 hits (all singles) while striking out 13 times.
Yes, he was also walked 7 times out of those 54 PAs, and HBP once, but, given his lack of stick in those spots, his OBA is still near .200 in those 54 PAs.
To me, it’s these “down by one or two” moments (or chances) that are what many see as “clutch” opportunities.
Batting with runners on? Or, in scoring position? If a guy gets a hit in those spots and the score is already 15-2 (in favor or against) is he being clutch?
As far as the hits that have given the Yankees the lead, so far, this season, A-Rod has 9 hits (regardless of the inning) all year where the Yankees were trailing by 4 runs or less. They have come in 63 ABs. That’s a batting average of .143.
Again, I think this is what the fans see, this season, when it comes to A-Rod. They don’t see the 9 times that he’s come through in these spots – they see the 54 times that he has failed.
And, I have to wonder, how many times did he fail, in the seventh inning or later, where he could have given the Yankees the lead, as compared to the four times where he came through? I wish Elias Sports Bureau would provide those numbers as well.
For all we know, Justin Morneau could be 5 for 5 in these spots and Alex Rodriguez is 4 for 18? All of a sudden, that four doesn’t seem so close to the five anymore.
There’s still a lot of season to be played, but, to me, A-Rod has not been “clutch” for the Yankees this year. Hopefully, this will change over the next four months.