A-Rod is hurting himself too

Now, I will agree with William that O’Day is a good pitcher, and good pitchers will at times make good pitches. But championship teams tend to have good hitters in the middle of their order, and good hitters often hit good pitches, so simply doffing your cap to O’Day isn’t much of a winning strategy, in no small part because A-Rod has made it easy on him in the first two games. Check out Alex’s seventh inning at bat against him from Game One:

The thing is, there’s really no particularly good pitch here, other than the 0-2 pitch in the corner that Tony Randazzo called a ball. O’Day more or less dominated A-Rod in this at bat largely because Alex helped him out by fouling off a fastball that was up and over the middle of the plate and then chasing a slider a foot off of the plate to put himself in an 0-2 count. Now let’s look at his at bat against O’Day from last night:

What’s the first thing that leaps out at you in this plot? The three belt high pitches across the zone? The first two such pitches that are over the plate, both of which A-Rod failed to so much as put in play? Again, there are some good pitches here, but A-Rod doesn’t do himself any favors by not taking advantage of the hittable pitches he did get. Yes, O’Day made some good pitches, mostly late in the at bat to put A-Rod away, but he also gave Alex three pitches over the plate and in the upper half of the zone, not a one of which was put into play, let alone hit hard. You do have to tip your cap to good pitchers sometimes, but you also have to make them pay when they give you something to hit. Especially if you’re batting third in the lineup in the postseason.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

38 thoughts on “A-Rod is hurting himself too

  1. Not every fat pitch is put in play. Not even for the best like Cano. Sometimes they are fouled off. And what the chart doesn't show us is how much movement is on the pitches, whether the sequence fooled the batter.

    I can agree that A-Rod did not get the job done. But it just seems a bit much to string the lightning rod of a guy up after eight post season plate appearances either.

  2. 5 K's in 2 games all against right handed pitching. He is a platoon bat at this time. This series is being managed just like last year against the Tigers. The Yankees win when they can come up with a big inning and lose the close games.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see the O's win the next 2.

  3. I know Girardi is looking to get A-Rod going, but he needs to move down in the lineup. 3rd spot in the order is right in the middle of all the action, and A-Rod isn't the guy we want there. The problem is, between A-Rod, Tex, Swisher, and Granderson, none are really stepping up to warrant hitting in front of Cano. Those four are the key. If one gets going, you can't pitch around Cano anymore and the lineup really has muscle.

  4. Willie Mays age 36- .263/ .334/ .453
    Alex Rodriguez age 36- .272 /.353/ .430

    Even he greatest players get old and can't perform very well anymore. It's sad to watch but it happens.

  5. Glad to see some people sticking up for A-Rod here. That article from some dumb-dumb NY beat writer (forget which) saying that A-Rod needs to carry the Yankees to a WS to vindicate himself feels like it must have been copied and pasted from pre-2009 post-season. We've already had this discussion. A-Rod CARRIED the Yanks to a 2009 WS title with clutch hit after clutch hit. Wasn't that what he needed to do? Have people totally forgotten that happened?

    I was at a game late in the season when people literally started booing A-Rod with two strikes. He hadn't even made an out yet! (Which he did, but that's besides the point.) And of course the tabloids pin the loss on A-Rod last night, as if the rest of the "offense" was not equally bad. Of course, as has been aptly noted here by Brien, it's all the worse to come down on him now, when he's really looking like a shell of himself, no doubt partly due to the hand injury.

    Move him down a spot or two in the order, sure. But let's stop with the constant A-Rod scapegoating.

  6. with 0 outs in the first and men o 1st and 2nd why did A-Rod not try to bunt them over. With Cano on deck.and getting a double 3 runs would have scored.

  7. A-Rod was LeBron before LeBron was LeBron. But it's funny that even though A-Rod ABSOLUTELY CARRIED the 2009 Yankees, he's still getting this sad treatment.