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Is it time to hit Alex Rodriguez eighth again?

Oct 2, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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After the Yankees finally got their first hit off Max Scherzer — a Robinson Cano flare to left in the sixth inning — Alex Rodriguez came up for the third time in Sunday’s Game 2 and popped out to shallow right.  He’s now 0-for-7 with a walk in the series.

This isn’t about A-Rod choking.  This is about the future Hall of Famer being banged up and ineffective.  He hit .191/.345/.353 with three homers in 68 at-bats after coming off the disabled list in August. He finished the season 6-for-32 with one homer in nine games after returning from a thumb injury.

So, it’s past time for Joe Girardi to react. If Rodriguez starts hitting, he can always be moved back up to the cleanup spot. However, he has no business being there right now, and one can expect right-handers to start pitching around No. 3 hitter Robinson Cano if the Yankees leave him there. Mark Teixeira is the better option right now.

  1. jimbo1949 - Oct 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    placeholder for Len.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      So far Arod has a walk while Tex is 0 for 3.

    • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Thanks, Jimbo.
      Leave ARod alone. And don’t skip yesterday’s RBI.

      • Old Gator - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        Sure, but…that’s the first time I ever heard a knee or a thumb go ga-haack!

    • purnellmeagrejr - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM

      Arod? Did anybody look at Jeter’s at bats – it’s time they cut him and put in a guy with a clue.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      sorry, Len who? Berman?

  2. cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Can Aquaman leave ARod alone, please? Raining like HELL in NY right now. Man am I sick of the weather in New York…

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Swish makin’ it interesting at last. My goodness, but Valverde is an FLK (funny lookin’ kid)…

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

        And that is an FLD (funny lookin’ delivery)…

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        A TRIPLE for Grumpy? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        Grumpy makes it in. Beep beep yp. Party like 1999

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        pretty favorable call on the 2nd pitch. Jeets has the luck, eh?

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Cmon Beep. It’s Sunday at the Cathedral.

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

        At least it wasn’t GIDP

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Lucky to get Jeets to strike out. Still have to get past Grandy, if he doesn’t kill him with a wild pitch, 1st. FLK looks shaky…

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        Grandy a lucky, lucky, ducky!

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

        Grandy- one more for the road.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

        Raining again??? You people have gills by now…

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

        Yanks drama, Robbie!

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        Here comes Cano. One letter short of “canoe”, which is what it looks like he needs to get around out there…

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        Y’know a bead of clear silicone around the upper edge of that helmet brim would guide the rain to the side of it…while the Yankees are at it they should maybe get some neoprene wet-suit type uniforms to play in…just sayin’.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        Little known fact; Tigers like to swim.

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

        Thought only the Indians did a rain dance to win a game.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        Stands to reason if there is a “Rain Dance” there must be a “Sun Dance”. Tigers were lucky to escape with a split.

        Joining in tonight on the live blog Len? Y’know, to get an idea of what the eventual Yankee/Philly matchup will look like?

      • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM

        Yes. Yes I am.
        So it is written, so shall it be done!

  3. phukyouk - Oct 2, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    I’m confused as to why the word “eighth” was in the title of your blog….

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    There will be a game 4. Are you ready for A. J.?

    • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      We’ll NEVER be ready for AJ- who’s Joe kidding.?

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    God I hate my own team’s fans. Jeter, bottom of the 5th, two on, grounds out. Jeter, bottom of the 7th, two on, strikes out. Jeter, bottom of the 9th, one one, strikes out. Arod gets booed.

    And holy crap, could it start raining another time with the Yanks at bat?

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      It wasn’t holy crap. It was holy water.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM

        Tears of Aquaman. Someone hurt his feelings…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM

        so what you are saying cur, is that it’s Craig’s fault?

    • yankeesfanlen - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      +1000! He’s a one-man rally destroyer.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Only way Jeter gets booed is if he punched Bernie Williams in the face then shits on home plate.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

        Even then, he’d have to knock Bernie down….

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        Arod pretty much gets the Yanks to the WS in ’09, almost single handedly beat the Twins in ’04, and if Rivera doesn’t blow the save in G4 ALCS ’04 Arod is MVP, still booed.

        The same fans are doing it to Joba, who is going to leave when he’s a FA because they can’t see the forest for the trees.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM

        This comment cracked me up immensely…what a visual.

  6. Innocent Bystander - Oct 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Is this the NY Post?

  7. protectthishouse54 - Oct 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Hit A-Rod 8th? Just like we should have hit Jeter 9th earlier this year? I disagree with Girardi on a lot of decisions, but his ability to avoid knee-jerk reactions and see the bigger picture is one thing I enjoy.

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