From Elias Says…
Alex Rodriguez’s eighth-inning home run [yesterday] ended a drought of 43 consecutive plate appearances without an RBI, his longest streak since May-June 2005. Before that line drive over the left-field fence, A-Rod had hit only one home run in a span of 82 at-bats, the third-longest single-season stretch of his career in which he hit no more than one homer. He hit one dinger over 87 at-bats in 1998 and one in 93 at-bats in 2005.
So, A-Rod went from May 9th through May 18th without an RBI. The Yankees record during that time? New York went 3-6 in those nine contests.
Clearly, Alex is not the main reason for the Yankees record over their last 10 games. But, he’s had as big a hand in it as anyone else. Hopefully, yesterday’s game will be a turning point for him – and the team.