• A-Rod’s April

    Posted by on April 29th, 2008 · Comments (12)

    This off-season, Hank Steinbrenner elected to make Alex Rodriguez the new face of the Yankees franchise – when Hank gave A-Rod his monster contract deal. So, how was the new face’s first month on the job compared to his other March/April starts in Yankeeland? Here are the stats via Baseball-Reference.com:

    YEAR   G	  PA   HR  RBI  BB	 BA     OBP   SLG	  OPS    BAbip   tOPS+
    2004   23	 102   04	  07  10	.253   .333   .440	  0.773   .264     075
    2005   24	 109   09	  27  07	.304   .349   .618	  0.966   .314     084
    2006   23	 105   05	  16  17	.267   .390   .477	  0.867   .290     091
    2007   23	 106   14	  34  09	.355   .415   .882	  1.297   .328     135
    2008   24	 099   04	  11  06	.286   .343   .495	  0.838   .324     100
    

    As you can see, Alex’s start this season is not close, at all, to the awesome start he had in 2007. In fact, in some respects, his start this season is very close to the start that he had in 2004 – which was his least productive season as a Yankee (to date).

    What’s really hurt A-Rod, so far this season, as well as the Yankees, has been Alex’s performance in “High Leverage” situations. Note Rodriguez’s stats as a Yankee in High Leverage PA (also from Baseball-Reference.com) – with the 2008 stats being to date:

    Year   G	PA   HR	RBI   BB	SO    BA	  OBP   SLG    BAbip   tOPS+
    2004  85	126  06	40    17	22   .314	  .405  .559    .329     117
    2005  88	131  07	39    16	27   .268	  .366  .509    .291     070
    2006  95	150  08	47    18	32   .273	  .367  .500    .300     089
    2007  89	132  11	56    13	26   .349	  .439  .706    .360     114
    2008  13	018  00	01    00	07   .176	  .222  .235    .300     012
    

    Granted, we’re only seeing 18 PA in these situations, to date, for Alex in 2008. But, in those 18 PA, A-Rod’s whiffed 7 times and has only produced one RBI. That’s not pretty – at all.

    Sure, on the whole, Alex’s April looks O.K. – but, when you factor in what’s a reasonable expectation of him, and his numbers in the clutch, it’s not been a very good month for him. Hopefully, A-Rod’s May will show better numbers than what we’ve seen from him so far this season.

    Comments on A-Rod’s April

    1. April 29th, 2008 | 11:54 am

      Ouch! My Quad!

      Factor in that plus the travel schedule (most road games in April ever) I think some health and home cooking will combine to bring A-Rod’s numbers up.

    2. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 12:06 pm

      Nobody is really hitting right now, so can’t really blame A-Rod for his slow start either.

      The funny thing is the way he looks at the plate this year is like where he left off in the 2006 season, when we all thought he was in the decline and having trouble catching up to hard fastballs.
      Which makes his 2007 “contract year” even more remarkable. I wonder if we will look back on that season years from now and wonder if we were tricked into 10 more years of ARod.

      I think he needs to start going the other way more often. When he tries to pull everything, that is when he tends to struggle.

    3. MJ
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:03 pm

      I wonder if we will look back on that season years from now and wonder if we were tricked into 10 more years of ARod.
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      I don’t think anyone was tricked. It was just HankenStein negotiating against himself and — what else? — being a big, fat tub of stupid lard.

      A-Rod is clearly not a declining player because you can’t do what he did in 2005 and 2007 while in decline. But there’s no question that he looks a lot more like the 2006 version of himself with the long swing and the frustrating pop-outs and foul-outs with runners on…

    4. Rich
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:20 pm

      Yeah ’cause A-Rod has only had one good year.

      It’s called a slump.

    5. Don
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:30 pm

      A-Freud has re-tweaked his quad. Why he wasn’t put on the DL when it first happened is the question. That, and his time away to be with his wife and new baby, the 15 days are almost up. What purpose was served not putting him on the DL? Is Ca$hman going through the motions?

    6. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:37 pm

      I bet you any money that ARod doesn’t want to go on the DL because he wants to live up to his big contract. I almost think with a star like ARod that decision is going to be his and his alone.

      Obviously ARod has had more than one good season but he has to start to decline at some point, even if he only hits 30 HRs and 100 RBIs and .280 that’s still a decline and definitely not what they are paying him to do.

      I would be shocked if ARod makes it past age 38-39 putting up numbers in that range, not to mention his defense by then probably won’t be the greatest.

    7. carla
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:56 pm

      I’m not worried about A-Rod. I am, however, worried that we’ll see another year like 2006 in which all other Yankees news is drowned out by the whining about A-Rod.

    8. MJ
      April 29th, 2008 | 4:04 pm

      Why he wasn’t put on the DL when it first happened is the question. That, and his time away to be with his wife and new baby, the 15 days are almost up. What purpose was served not putting him on the DL? Is Ca$hman going through the motions?
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      That’s what I’ve been saying all year. I don’t understand how or why the DL isn’t being used right now. Management seems unfocused right now. Steve, you want to rip Cashman, you finally have a great reason to do it.

    9. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 4:39 pm

      If ARod can play he is going to be out there because that is what ARod wants, this is ARod’s team and ARod’s world…isn’t that obvious? ARod’s not going on the DL unless ARod says so.

    10. Don
      April 29th, 2008 | 5:41 pm

      I thought it was the New York Yankees, not the New York A-Freud’s.

      Thanks Hank…….not.

    11. Raf
      April 29th, 2008 | 5:50 pm

      If ARod can play he is going to be out there because that is what ARod wants, this is ARod’s team and ARod’s world…isn’t that obvious? ARod’s not going on the DL unless ARod says so.
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      Sarcasm meter’s off today, but the same argument could be made for Jeter & Posada (as well as a number of players over the years), so it isn’t necessarily an ARod thing.

    12. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 6:32 pm

      I personally don’t think he should go on the DL…I was just making the point to everyone that I don’t think Cashman or Girardi have any say whether ARod goes on the DL or not…same with Jeter and Posada…if it’s not a major injury they are going to want to play.

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