• A-Rod’s Last 306 Regular Season Games

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Since June 4, 2010, through the end of this regular season, Alex Rodriguez has played in 306 games and has the following BA/OBA/SLG line:  .268/.347/.461 (in 1,158 AB).

    And, over the last three seasons, that’s basically what A-Rod has been (no pun intended).  He’s a .270-hitter with 25-HR power (assuming he plays a full-season).

    Think: Casey Blake or Doug DeCinces.

    I suppose that’s not terrible. But, it’s not in line with the expectation that many have for a player with Rodriguez’ resume and salary.

    But, whatever it is, unless the Yankees can do something creative, Yankeeland might as well get used to it. A-Rod’s under contract with the Yankees for the next five years.

    Comments on A-Rod’s Last 306 Regular Season Games

    1. October 8th, 2012 | 9:56 am

      This all said, at some point, the Yankees have to stop batting A-Rod 3rd or 4th. He should be batting closer to 6th.

    2. #15
      October 8th, 2012 | 10:24 am

      He now has big holes both up-and-in and down-and-away. Not a good combo. Perhaps he can adjust some over time, but his production, in the Yankee line up, says bottom 1/3rd.

      I’m not sure he’s a 25 HR guy anymore. He’ll hit too many fly balls to Death Valley. Maybe if he played all his games in a park like Camden or Fenway. Opposite field power has conspicously disappeared from his resume.

      Nice win last night. Showed some grit. Perhaps the best post-season start for CC in pinstripes. Swish showed some life, and, moreover, patience. I’ve always thought his biggest problem in the post season is that he was getting himself out.

      Come on Andy…

    3. EHawk
      October 8th, 2012 | 11:00 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Honestly what can the Yanks do at this point with Arod’s contract? They are stuck…no one will trade for him so they better hope he can at least stay productive and play a solid 3B

    4. October 8th, 2012 | 11:05 am

      @ EHawk:
      I still have this dream where A-Rod is tired of hearing it in NY, and the Yankees have another option for 3B, and some contending team in a big market is willing to take on SOME of his contract, and A-Rod approves a trade to them. After all, he asked out of Texas when it was ugly there – and that’s when he was good, albeit PED assisted.

    5. Evan3457
      October 8th, 2012 | 11:43 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      This all said, at some point, the Yankees have to stop batting A-Rod 3rd or 4th. He should be batting closer to 6th.

      I agree, he’s in a terrible slump right now.

      But then the problem becomes, who to move up to 3rd?

      Swisher? Terrible post-season history.
      Tex? Same thing.
      Granderson? .232 and 195.
      Martin? .212
      Ibanez? .240 and Nunez bats 3rd vs. lefties.

      Move up Cano, Swisher and Tex? Then Swisher is cleanup, and the 4-5-6-7 is Swisher-Tex-A-Rod-Granderson.

      The problem is the Yanks need a #3 hitter AND a #4 hitter, and Robbie Cano, if he’s going well, can only be one of those guys, and the Yanks don’t have another.

      Of the remaining three, Swisher has the best OBA, followed by A-Rod. If you don’t wan’t Swisher at #3 or #4, then A-Rod might be the best choice. Of course, if Tex is hot, you can put him at #4, and Cano at #3.

      The problem is structural with this team. Cano is the only elite hitter, and the only one still in his prime. Anyone you might put at #3 might slump, and then you’re back in the same boat. Maybe they can get A-Rod going by dropping him in the order, but anyone they elevate might tank.

    6. Evan3457
      October 8th, 2012 | 11:47 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ EHawk:
      I still have this dream where A-Rod is tired of hearing it in NY, and the Yankees have another option for 3B, and some contending team in a big market is willing to take on SOME of his contract, and A-Rod approves a trade to them. After all, he asked out of Texas when it was ugly there – and that’s when he was good, albeit PED assisted.

      Nice idea, but outside of the Dodgers, who’d be stupid enough to take on that contract? The Dodgers took on Crawford’s deal because they need a leadoff hitter, because Beckett was better than what they had in the back of the rotation, but mostly because Gonzalez was a vast upgrade on Loney.

      I don’t see any way the Yanks can sweeten the deal enough to make the Dodgers take on A-Rod, unless they throw in their top low-level guys, at least one of them, Sanchez, or Williams.

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