• June & August Are Months To Watch A-Rod

    Posted by on April 18th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Alex Rodriquez’ OPS this month, to date, is 1.427 – which is off the charts.

    This made me wonder: How many times has A-Rod had an OPS of .900 (or better) in a month for the Yankees? Here’s the answer:

    ARodByMonth.jpg

    If you throw out October 2005 (due to the small number of ABs that month), you can see this has happened ten times. Half of those ten times happened in 2005.

    The interesting thing on this chart is the month of May. Alex has always had a great May while playing in the Bronx. Should he continue this trend, Alex Rodriguez just may post the greatest “first-half” stats in his Yankees career this season. And, considering that A-Rod has usually been a strong July and September performer for the Yankees, Rodriguez may just post his greatest Yankees season (to date) this year. The key will be how he does in June and August.

    When A-Rod was the MVP in 2005, he had big months in June and August. If he does that again this June and August, he could be looking at another MVP for his trophy case.

    Comments on June & August Are Months To Watch A-Rod

    1. Garcia
      April 18th, 2007 | 3:59 pm

      Whether good/bad ARod is always in the news. We constantly have to figure out ways to understand why he’s hitting all of a sudden, why he looks leaner, more comfortable, etc. It feels as if Yankee fans can’t breathe w/o analyzing something ARod has done or hasn’t done.

      Other topics, whether it be Giambi’s lack of hitting, Cano’s low slg %, Posada smoking the ball (hopefully he smokes it on 420 too), Yankee starting pitching, Jeter’s errors, etc. Some of these stories get mentioned and might make the rounds more than one time, but it always seems to go back to ARod. He’s always the story, whether good or bad…he just can’t operate from under the microscope and being analyzed.

      Can’t we just watch this guy and watch him have a great year? It’s like we don’t really appreciate ARod, whether the Yankees win or lose….I don’t think Yankee fans appreciate him. One thing I do like about Red Sox fans, despite the Boston media’s attempts to discredit Manny and make him out to be a buffoon, the fans still appreciate him. He makes a ton of money and he’s aloof, but the fans appreciate him. The Sawx fans appreciate Ortiz, succeed or fail, they appreciate players they feel play hard (Brian Daubach, Trawt, John Valentin, Tim Wakefield, all come to mind). I don’t want to give Sawx fans too much credit because they are still a-holes, a great many of them. Not all, I have quite a bit of friends who are Sawx fans and they are (usually) good – in their defense though, I’m sure I can be annoying to them too.

      Why can’t we just sit-back and enjoy ARod? It might be his last year and that’s not a subject I’m up for debating because that’s the business end of baseball and a lot of us seem to forget that part. He was always a great player, maybe all that’s changed is that they’ve reduced the number of stars on the team – getting rid of Sheffield and RJ. But there I go succumbing to same fallacy and trying to figure what makes him tick….how about we watch this time around? That is, if this is truly his last time around these parts of the wood.

      Though this quote from Jeter in today’s NY Times is quite funny:

      “They think they have a mathematical equation that figures everything out,” Jeter said. “Like every single person is out there with the same runner and the same pitcher and the ball is hit in the same exact place. It seems like once somebody says one thing about you, people tend to run with it and we never hear the end of it.”

    2. April 18th, 2007 | 4:30 pm

      ~~~Why can’t we just sit-back and enjoy ARod?~~~

      Perhaps the “A-Rod persona” is the magnet?

      http://tinyurl.com/34o9hj

    3. baileywalk
      April 18th, 2007 | 4:34 pm

      This isn’t singular to A-Rod — every big-time player gets the same treatment. Pujols is the story. Barry Bonds is the story. This type of attention and analysis comes with being a great, historic player. It’s not about who A-Rod is, but instead what he is — one of the best players right now, and one of the best players ever.

    4. Garcia
      April 18th, 2007 | 4:44 pm

      bailey, I’ll take Bonds out from the players you mentioned, he’s getting exactly the treatment he should be getting. But doesn’t it feel like the sheer mentioning of ARod seems to be fueled with all this negative energy? At times it’s subtle and other times it is more overt.

      Whether realistic or perceived, on my part, it never feels genuine. We just can’t let it roll.

      Pujols is going through a bad slump and he’s not clutch (so far), while there might be the analysis on Pujols, it still doesn’t come across as being negative.

      Steve, I’m not inferring you were being negative either. Just the type of stories that are reported by the media and the fact that he’s always the center of attention.

    5. April 18th, 2007 | 4:53 pm

      ~~~he’s always the center of attention.~~~

      Didn’t he say that he likes it that way?

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