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Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-3, gets removed for pinch-hitter

Oct 13, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez got the start on Saturday, but he wasn’t around for the finish. After going 0-for-3, he was removed for pinch-hitter Eric Chavez with the Yankees down to the Tigers 4-0 in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.

Up with the bases loaded and two outs in the first, Rodriguez hit a hard grounder in his initial at-bat off Doug Fister, only to see Jhonny Peralta make a diving stop and get the force play at second. A-Rod then hit into a double play his second time up. Batting again with the bases loaded in the sixth, he struck out on three pitches from Fister. The last one was a curveball low and away that he didn’t come close to making contact on.

The hitless game left Rodriguez 2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in the postseason. He doesn’t have a hit versus a right-hander, and the Tigers will start nothing but righties throughout the ALCS.

One imagines the miserable night will lead to Rodriguez sitting in favor of Chavez in Sunday’s Game 2. Chavez, for what it’s worth, very nearly had a double hitting for A-Rod tonight, but he was robbed on a great play from center fielder Austin Jackson.

Rodriguez could get another chance in Game 3 against Justin Verlander. It’d seem to be a horrible matchup with the way Rodriguez is struggling to catch up to good fastballs right now, but A-Rod is 8-for-24 with three homers lifetime against Verlander, including 4-for-6 with two homers this year.

  1. nflfollower - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    So who are they gonna bench swisher for? Because if you take a look at his numbers….. A rod equals scapegoat right now.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      I just won $10 and a six pack of beer. I bet that Rodriguez wouldn’t get a hit and would hit into a double play. Now all I need is $1490 to get one of those $1500 Yankee tickets.

      • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        Hey there is always hope to see Swisher, Ganderson, Ibanez, Martin, Cano or one of the others hit one out of the park. There is no HOPE to see Rodriguez do anything but strike out or hit into a double play. However far the Yankees go in the playoffs, I want to see Rodriguez sit glued to the bench.

  2. dondada10 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Ibanez did it again.

    • vallewho - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      RAHHH-OOOOL

  3. bestcoastinfluence - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Dude is struggling. He needs something to change or he is gonna be on the bench for the rest of the series.

    • vallewho - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Hate to say it….but would the Dodgers take him?

      • bestcoastinfluence - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        You are probably right about that.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      beastcoastinfluence, the asshole is super rich, owed another $150,000,000 you really believe he is going to exert himself? The old saying for pitchers fits Rodriguez, “STICK THE FORK IN HIM, HE’S DONE!”

      • bestcoastinfluence - Oct 14, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        You’re correct about that. He seems to be content getting paid and just going out there and sucking like a jackass.

  4. polegojim - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    UNBELIEVABLE…. this one’s on LEYLAND.

    VALVERDE is pitching like crap…. and he LEAVES HIM IN???

    I told my wife at the beginning the bottom of 9th when MALverde went in…it’s gonna be tied!

    CMON MAN! CMON TIGERS!

  5. willclarkgameface - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Tigers fans and MLB fans: be VERY thankful that A-Rod is NOT on your roster and your team is NOT on the hook for $30 mil/year. Talk about a guy that has absolutely disintegrated in light of getting publicly dragged through the PED mud. I love it.

    Keep bringing the ZEROs A-Roid.

    Go Tigers.

  6. blacksables - Oct 14, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Wow, Rodriguez is struggling and you guys are ready to throw him on the scrapheap and declare him dead. This from the same group of guys who failed to call out Bryce Harper for getting 3 hits in his series.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      What don’t you understand? He is 37 years old. Ancient by baseball standards. Psychologically, he knows he is set for life NOW and has $150 million dollars coming GUARANTEED! DUDE!!!!!! When you know you don’t have to lift a finger and can’t even get a god damn sacrificed fly that would have won the game, a player is not going to go all out to do ANYTHNG!
      He cheated, got beefed up with steroids to get the big contract then some idiot in the Yankee organization thought it would be wonderful to have a steroid freak with the largest major league contract playing for them. THEN IT IS WOE IS ME WHEN HE HAS TO STOP THE STEROIDS and become a subpar player. It takes that much thinking to understand?
      You do know that every horse at every major track in the U.S. that comes in 1st 2nd and 3rd get tested for drugs and has for the last 30+ years. Baseball was only 30 years behind horse raising in testing for performance enhancing drugs. Now you reap who you sowed. Had Gozalez got that rbi sac fly with the 4 run comeback, the Yankees would have won last night. Trade the cheat for what you can get for him and close the book!

  7. anthy14 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    We all know that A Rod is the best on the planet and Yada, Yada, Yada! He has come down in every category since he came off the steroids, which contrary to what he admitted to, was only 5 years ago. He’s gotten hurt every year since, he doe not recover nearly as quickly as he used to, and he can’t catch up with even an 88 MPH fastball. This is not because he is 37 years old!
    Let’s look at some of the other overarching issues……Granderson (who I really like), Swisher (who I really like) and A Roid are 5 for 79 with RISP!!! 5 FOR 79!!! So what does Joe Girardi do in Game 1….he drops A Roid down to 6th right between Swisher and Granderson. Hmmmmmmm, yes that makes sense! Yankees win in spite of their over complicating and over thinking manager. Let’s get some “Bronx Bunters” in the lineup. Small ball wins every time!

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Anthy14 are you 14 years old????? Baseball players’ playing time is only about 5.5 years. Before writing nonsense look at the statistics a tiny minority of players are playing at 37. IT IS AGE! AGE ages the body. The coordination, muscles, tendons and eyes are not the same when the person was 20. The body ages tremendously after 30 and that is why it is the height of stupidity on behalf of the yankees to sign ANYONE who will be over 35 when the contract expires. There was one stand out exception TED WILLIAMS. But however stupid the yankee management is, someone in the front office if he is not afraid of the owners should tell them that 35 is over the hill for baseball players.
      You want stats? Rodriguez got about 1/6 the entire Yankee baseball player’s salaries. Now being a “SUPERSTAR” he should have gotten more than 1/6 the game tying and game winning hits in the games the Yankees won. DUHHHHHH he didn’t even come close to 1/10. Check the stats. And for you Rodriquez lovers you cannot use the reverse logic that since everyone else is not up to par, then it is normal that Rodriguez should not. It is just the opposite thinking. When the team is down that is when Rodriguez should SHINE AND CARRY THE LOAD! $30,000,000 says hey numbskull that is what you are being paid for!

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Girardi is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he changes the lineup, he’s “messing with what has worked”; if he doesn’t, he’s “too loyal and set in his ways”.

      OTOH, if the Yankees win this series, he’s a genius.

      It all comes down to winning. Especially in New York.

      (BTW, I’m on Joe’s side here. The regular batting order hasn’t been getting it done.)

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