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Alex Rodriguez has Minnesota to thank for his playoff reputation not being even worse

Oct 12, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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If you think Alex Rodriguez has a terrible reputation for his playoff performance now, just imagine what things would be like without the Twins’ pitching staff around.

As a lifelong Minnesotan and Twins fan I have some pretty vivid memories of A-Rod destroying my favorite team in the playoffs, and sure enough I crunched the numbers to find these startling stats:

For his postseason career Rodriguez has hit .391 with three homers and a 1.094 OPS in 10 games against the Twins, compared to hitting .246 with 10 homers and a .774 OPS in 62 games against every other team.

Unfortunately for Rodriguez and the Yankees the Twins might not be back in the playoffs for a while.

  1. albertmn - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    What? The Twins will be there next year. As soon as they pay for 2 or 3 solid veteran starting pitchers (not old retreads like Jason Marquis). Hmmm,…..maybe you are right about not being in the playoffs too soon. They have some talent, but with only one rotation spot locked up at this point (Diamond), there are too many question marks.

  2. amaninwhite - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Thank you for pointing this out. I’ve long felt the same way. The Twins seem to have this way of temporarily boosting the performance levels of under-achievers. In 2010 everyone thought Phil Hughes had finally taken the leap with his dominant performance against the Twins in the playoffs. Not quite.

  3. kopy - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    As a Twins fan, I was wondering what the hell all this “A-Rod isn’t good in the playoffs” narrative was about.

  4. vallewho - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    It’s like Christmas morning for bloggers and writers. Pile on with more nonsense.

  5. 2dmo4 - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Who gives a crap

  6. Mark - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    He can also thank Boston (895 OPS), LAA (while he did poorly the first time he had a 1.500+ OPS in his second LAA series with more AB’s), Philly (973 OPS in his only World Series) and ironically NYY (1.253 OPS in his series vs NY, although he had 1 AB that I can’t factor in when he was 19).

    Put another way – he was good in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and he wasn’t so good in 2005, 2006 and 2010-2012. So he was good during most of his prime, and not so good when he turned 34. When he was declining.

    But hey, let’s not let facts get in the way. It’s much more fun to say he sucks in the playoffs instead of suggesting that he was pretty good in the playoffs before he hit his decline phase.

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