• Alex, Mo & Tex – What’s Up?

    Posted by on May 27th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Andrew Marchand writes that Mo Rivera, Mark Teixera and Alex Rodriguez have given some pause for concern this season, so far.

    How about you…are you worried about these players and how they’ve performed this season? Which ones? Why?

    With Marinao, because of his age, I think there always has to be concern about “Is this the end?” And, with A-Rod, it’s the hip thing…of course. Tex? Dunno. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t play well – unless he’s hiding an injury or something?

    Comments on Alex, Mo & Tex – What’s Up?

    1. YankCrank
      May 27th, 2010 | 11:59 am

      Alex: No concern at all. Like most players, he’s streaky and hits his HRs in bunches. He’ll be fine.

      Tex: Ditto

      Mo: He’s 40, and although it’s too early to say he’s finally going through his “decline” year, that doesn’t mean we can’t be worried about it. He can fall off a cliff at any moment, or he can be Mo for another two years. We just won’t know until we know.

    2. Corey Italiano
      May 27th, 2010 | 12:07 pm

      Rivera has an ERA under 2 and 1 loss…

      Out of 17 games, he’s had 3 bad ones. Relax.

    3. MJ Recanati
      May 27th, 2010 | 12:12 pm

      I’m worried about Mo a little, A-Rod some and Tex a lot.

      Mo: It seems like every year since 2005 he comes out roaring out of the gate, hits a speedbump in late April/early May, then goes out and puts up zeroes for the entire summer before dropping a couple more bad outings in Septmeber. In other words, the bad games over the past 10 days won’t worry me unless it continues into the next few months.

      A-Rod: I would’ve expected more consistency from A-Rod at this point but I don’t think it’s the hip that’s impacting his play. I don’t know what the problem is but all this “HR’s in bunches” stuff doesn’t seem to apply here. He’s shown flashes of putting it together for an extended run but seems to fall back just as soon as he heats up.

      Tex: At this point it could just be one of those years where nothing goes right for him. He’s back to hacking at bad pitches and making outs early in counts and whatever he found in his swing at the beginning of May seems to be gone. I know the Yanks can’t afford to further thin out their lineup but I think he needs a day or two off.

    4. clintfsu813
      May 27th, 2010 | 12:16 pm

      I am a little worried about Tex. Arod’s BA has been good and he has a bunch of RBI’s. Tex’s slump has carried into May. He needs to step it up pronto. His AB’s are just sad right now.

    5. jrk
      May 27th, 2010 | 9:36 pm

      I’m not worried about any of the three. I predict similar numbers to last year for all of them, except Tex’s probably slightly lower since his early-season slump is lasting longer.

    6. gs
      May 28th, 2010 | 12:09 am

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Rivera has an ERA under 2 and 1 loss…

      ERA and w/l or nearly useless metrics for a closer.

    7. 77yankees
      May 28th, 2010 | 10:31 am

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Rivera has an ERA under 2 and 1 loss…
      Out of 17 games, he’s had 3 bad ones. Relax.

      0.78 WHIP and 4.7 hits allowed per 9 IP.

      Yeah, he’s washed up – no doubt.

    8. Corey Italiano
      May 28th, 2010 | 10:59 am

      gs wrote:

      Corey Italiano wrote:
      Rivera has an ERA under 2 and 1 loss…
      ERA and w/l or nearly useless metrics for a closer.

      Ok what about the other stuff I said?

    9. Corey Italiano
      May 28th, 2010 | 11:00 am

      gs wrote:

      Corey Italiano wrote:
      Rivera has an ERA under 2 and 1 loss…
      ERA and w/l or nearly useless metrics for a closer.

      Not to mention, ERA is useless for a closer when it’s BAD.

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