Here’s what’s currently forming for Game 3 of 2006 Tigers-Yankees ALDS.
On one front:
Alex Rodriguez, in his career, has faced (scheduled Tigers starter) Kenny Rogers 24 times. In 5 of those 24 times, Rogers walked A-Rod.
In the 19 times where Rogers did not issue a pass to Rodriguez, Alex has produced a hit 10 times. Yes, that’s a batting average of .526. But…wait…there’s more! Five of those ten hits for A-Rod were homeruns! Yes, in his career, when Rodriguez gets to bat against Rogers, half the time he gets a hit – and half of those hits are usually a homer.
On another front:
This is a post-season start for Kenny Rogers. In his post-season career, Kenny Rogers has pitched in 9 games – throwing 20.3 innings. During this time, Rogers has allowed 16 walks and 32 hits. Yes, over his entire post-season career, Kenny Rogers has allowed 2.4 baserunners per inning pitched. Further, Rogers’ lifetime post-season ERA is 8.85!
If the batter-pitcher match-up in Game 3 of the 2006 ALDS is not the perfect storm for a huge A-Rod night at the bat, there’s no such thing.
And, if A-Rod should go Oh’fer against Kenny Rogers in Game 3 of the 2006 ALDS, then maybe it’s time to wonder “What in the name of Joseph ‘Sport’ Sullivan is going on with Alex in October since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS?”
[Before the claims of insanity begin, I'm only kidding with that last part.]
Now…quick…someone contact Jim Fannin and make sure that he passes these stats to Rodriguez before the game starts tomorrow.