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Alex Rodriguez gets a hit, but not against a righty

Oct 14, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez came up with his first hit since Game 4 of the ALDS when he singled off reliever Phil Coke in the ninth inning Sunday against the Tigers. But hitting left-handers hasn’t been a real problem for him at any point this season.

In his three at-bats against righty Anibal Sanchez today, Rodriguez struck out twice and lined out to left field. He’s 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts and a walk versus right-handers in the postseason.

And now, assuming he starts, Rodriguez will face the postseason’s best righty of all when the Tigers throw Justin Verlander in Game 3 Tuesday in Detroit.

One imagines Rodriguez will play third base once again. After all, he went 4-for-6 with two homers against Verlander during the regular season. He’s 8-for-24 with three homers lifetime versus the 2011 AL MVP.

Still, it seems like Rodriguez hasn’t gotten around on a good fastball from a right-hander in weeks. Sanchez had an easy time with him for two at-bats today before giving him an offspeed pitch he could handle in his third plate appearance. To his credit, Rodriguez hit it hard, only to see it end up in Quintin Berry‘s glove. Even so, it was a pitch Rodriguez may well have taken out of the park a year or two ago.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Leave Arod alone. Do not forget that he was unable to swing the bat for several weeks after he broke his hand. Once the hand healed, he essentially had to begin spring training again in the middle of the season. I doubt that many hitters hit well when they come back from that type of injury. One example that I am well aware of this season is Jay’s catcher J. P. Arencibia. Arencibia had been hot when his hand was broken. Once he came back, he struggled with his timing and was not the same hitter as he had been prior to the injury.

    • weaselpuppy - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM


    • frank433 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      It’s the playoffs. It’s the biggest stage of the year. He’s paid to hit. He isn’t hitting. All that adds up to a reason to pile on until he breaks out.

  2. xjokerz - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    More importantly, he makes 30 million a year.. is in a serious decline and bascially makes 60,000 everytime he steps up to AB
    i hope watching Aroid swing and miss for the next 5 years translates to 60,000 an AB…

    enjoy that decline yankee fans, amazing what happens when your body is missing your HGH

  3. hojo20 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    A-Rod making contact is a start to get out of the slump. Maybe Granderson & Cano will do the same.

  4. itsonlyaspeedbump - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Yikes, guess the money really does matter. Granderson and Cano have got hardly the same amount of criticism their way despite hitting just as poorly.

    (and yes I do know that Cano has a special HBT article written just for him a few posts ago. I’m talking about the national media in general.)

  5. willclarkgameface - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    You generally want to be able to say that the highest paid player on your team is your best and will save you from drowning a scary slow death. You can’t do that with A-Roid.

    Not only is he typically bad this year in the playoffs, it’s magnified with the benching AND Jeter going down.

    The entire Yankee lineup is tragically bad and all the Tigers need to do is keep the damn ball in the ball park. Keep it away from all batters, don’t the lefties pull it down the line, keep the ball on the ground and you know what? YOU WILL WIN.

    Easy peasy.

    I love watching A-Roid further disintegrate in front of our eyes.

  6. atfinch1984 - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Alex Rodriguez is not even real. He doesn’t exist.

  7. serbingood - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Mickey Mantle ended up with a career 298 batting average. His biggest regret was not retiring a year or two earlier so that he could have a 300+ BA.

    Alex will not break Aaron’s or Bond’s HR records. The last 3 years have been one injury after another (knee, hip and hand this year). In fairness, the hand injury was a freak accident that we can’t hold against him.

    Alex is in the twilight of his career. Did the move to 3rd base have anything to do with the decline? We’ll never know.

    Alex, take a long look at Mickey Mantle’s career. See anything similar? Time to think about retiring, maybe after next season. OK?

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