• A-Rod’s New Number: .242

    Posted by on May 5th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Yes, in his last 790 big league At Bats, Alex Rodriguez has a batting average of .242.

    That’s his new benchmark. Nearly 800 ABs is a fair sample size.

    That’s the best you can expect from A-Rod these days. He’s a two-forty hitter.

    Why the Yankees don’t bat him lower in the line-up is because they have so many other guys who stink. But, in reality, on a good team, he should be batting 7th in the line-up (and not batting 3rd or 5th, where they usually have him hit).

    Of course, it’s all moot now since he’s disabled.

    Comments on A-Rod’s New Number: .242

    1. KPOcala
      May 5th, 2016 | 2:19 pm

      Steve you nailed it. The line-up sucks………

    2. KPOcala
      May 5th, 2016 | 2:23 pm

      BTW, I read that the Yankees weren’t going to the Lincecum “showcase” tomorrow. I really don’t get it. They have so much pitching depth that they would pass on a “flyer”? Or have they gotten that cheap?

    3. Raf
      May 5th, 2016 | 6:52 pm

      SLG & OBP are more important than BA

    4. Raf
      May 5th, 2016 | 6:55 pm

      @ KPOcala:
      Could be a character thing, I don’t know. I’d take a flyer, if only for due diligence. Get the right guy to train him, Lincecum could show more than what he has had the past few years.

    5. KPOcala
      May 6th, 2016 | 2:58 am

      You know, after watching the Orioles beat the Yankees last night, 1-0, one thing was obvious to me (I’m sure plenty will say “duh”). Almost every hitter looks tense, and swings from the heals. You can see their heads literally “bobbling” around as they swing. Like golf, the head MUST remain “quiet”, not easy to do when pressing. I’d venture into “Guess Land” and say that this just “MAY” be caused by the entire team not trusting the man behind him to get it done. Nothing unusual in that, certainly. The other thing, these guys have, even in their mid-twenties have played the game for twenty-plus years, and thousands of games before they even got to high school. So how in the hell did Castro (and of course Didi) manage to get picked-off in such a crucial situation? Once again, I’d venture that they tighter than a drum. Giardia isn’t the type of manager who exactly fit’s the requisite “cool” needed for times like this. This is were Torre seemed to calm his guys down. Maybe the team needs a day off, and go and shoot pool together. They really need at this point to “chill”.

    6. KPOcala
      May 6th, 2016 | 3:00 am

      @ Raf:
      I’ve never heard about any “character” issues, and considering how many on that staff could use some “head time” down in AAA……….

    7. KPOcala
      May 6th, 2016 | 3:01 am

      Really like the way Tanaka’s season has gone so far. If healthy for the rest of the year….

    8. May 6th, 2016 | 8:18 am

      Raf wrote:

      SLG & OBP are more important than BA

      Do the math. Most times, 75% of OBP is someones’s BA. And, 60% of their SLG is BA. Unless they are a walking machine – which A-Rod is not – BA is huge. If you’re not getting hits, then you won’t be on base that much and you won’t have as many XBH.

    9. Evan3457
      May 6th, 2016 | 11:26 pm

      Mathematically modelling, if 75% of the OBP is BA, and 60% of the SLG is BA, then BAVG is about 45% of overall hitting performance, because most models will tell you that (OBP)(SLG) is a better model than OBP + SLG.

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