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A-Rod out of tonight's lineup

Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EST

Alex Rodriguez tweaked his calf muscle in last night’s game and is out of the lineup tonight.  There’s a chance he could pinch hit, but for now he’s day-to-day.

In his place: Ramiro Pena. Nothin’ personal against Pena, but is there a bigger falloff between the starter and his backup in all of Major League Baseball than the falloff from A-Rod to Pena?  At least for backups who get used a fairly decent amount of the time?

  1. RickyB - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Ramiro Peña

  2. YankeesfanLen - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    There probably is quite a fall-off, but a worse one is the Beckman-for-Tex disaster.

  3. El Bravo - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Fantasy lineup adjusted accordingly – Thank you. He better not hit a pinch-hit grand slam on my bench or I’m blaming you Craig.

  4. okobojicat - Aug 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Whoever subs for Pujols. Could be Stan the Man and it’d still be a big down grade

  5. SouthofHeaven - Aug 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Pena’s not too bad. I mean, he’s not gonna blast 3 homers in a night, but he can get on base & is decently clutch.

  6. jde - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Pena’s OBP is .239…
    ….and WTH is “decently clutch?”

  7. alterity - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    seriously. pena sucks–SUCKS–with the bat. this sounds like sterling’s “best .200 hitter in baseball” BS.

  8. Ryne - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Joe Mauer to Drew Butera?

  9. RickyB - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Apparently the comments section doesn’t care for one of the symbols I used and truncated my comment. What I meant was Ramiro Peña (symbol for less than) Alvaro Espinoza, who featured an OPS+ of 66 over 12 (!) seasons. Perhaps Ramiro Peña (symbol for equals) Jim Walewander …

  10. doctorfunke - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Offensively, yes. Defensively, they’re pretty close.

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