…some get going and others go in their pants?
New York Yankees etc. takes another look at A-Rod in the clutch.
As Travis (of NYYE) commented elsewhere here on this today:
i just did a quick study of some clutch stats. just going by leading and trailing stats (04-06), among Arod, DJ, Beltre (being a fairly avg 3b) and Ortiz.
The things i learned -
- Arod is the only guy among these 4 to hit worse (than his overall OPS) when trailing. the other 3 hit better when trailing.
- Ortiz has the highest trailing OPS, 1.023. (overall OPS of 1.011)
- When trailing, Jeter has the highest increase from his overall OPS (+42 or .896) vs .854 overall OPS.
- Arod’s trailing OPS is actually higher than DJ, at .905. But this is well below his overall OPS, which is 40 points higher, .945.
This certainly explains why Arod is seen as ‘unclutch,’ while DJ is seen as the opposite.
I think what really kills A-Rod in this study is that .770-ish OPS over the last 3 years when the team is down by 2 or 3 runs. In the words of Randy Jackson, “Yo, Dawg. It’s not good.”
Update: Looking at the stats, Rodriguez has 281 PA in the last 3 years where the Yankees were trailing by 2 or 3 runs. That’s a pretty good sample size.