Alex Rodriguez will have a bounce-back season in 2012.
Call it a bold statement, call it an ignorant remark from a college freshman, but mark my words: Alex Rodriguez will silence his doubters in 2012.
Rodriguez was pretty productive in 2010 and was on pace for similar production had he not gotten injured.
In 99 games (373 at-bats) last season, Rodriguez hit 16 home runs, drove in 62 runs and tallied 103 hits. That was good enough for a .276/.362/.461 line.
As is the general norm for Rodriguez, he struggled in the Division Series against the Tigers. He hit .111/.261/.111 with three RBI and six strikeouts in 18 at-bats.
The Yankees aren't necessarily relying on Rodriguez to put the team on his back in 2012, but they need him to return to the 30 home run, 100 RBI man that he has been consistently in the past.
If you still aren't thinking that Rodriguez will have a bounce-back season, here are seven reasons why he will.