Phil Allard notes that A-Rod and Mags are now tied in RCAA, to date, this season.
I just noticed that Magglio Ordonez has 24 “Go-Ahead Hits” (all hits where the team went from tied or behind to ahead, may have benefitted from errors) to date this year where Alex Rodriguez has 25 “Go-Ahead Hits” to date.
Pretty close, huh?
However, Ordonez has an OPS of .851 “with 2 outs & RISP” this season, so far. And, Rodriguez has a mark of 1.274 in the same spot. Also, Alex’s “Late & Close” OPS is 1.079 compared to Magglio’s .793 OPS in the same situation.
And, if you’re a fan of WPA, A-Rod has Mags there too: 5.69 to 5.09.
If the 2007 A.L. MVP was being named today, and it was between these two players, I think you have to give the edge to A-Rod (because of what he’s done in those “special” spots within a game).
Of course, how these two play in their team’s next (and last) 32 games will probably have a say in the matter as well.