While you can expect to hear these statistics a million times between now and Wednesday, everywhere, let me share them here anyway…
Below is Alex Rodriguez’ post-season cumulative “offensive” contribution to the Yankees since Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS:
PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG 76 5 9 1 0 2 3 11 19 .148 .316 .262
Yeah, yeah, I know…this is a new and different A-Rod this season, right?
But…wait…isn’t that what many said after the 2005 and 2007 seasons too? You know, when Alex was the league MVP and played like he was from another planet…during the regular season?
And, what happened in the 2005 and 2007 ALDS those years?
Oh…that’s right…Rodriguez played like he had an over-sized corn dog lodged in his throat…the whole time. So, should we expect any different performance from A-Rod in this ALDS?
Personally, it would not shock me to see him again allow the pressure of the post-season to get to him and then squeeze his bat handle so tight that it turns to sawdust…because that’s what we’ve seen in his last 76 post-season plate appearances…
But, that’s me. How do you think A-Rod will perform in this ALDS for the Yankees?