The New York Yankees are hanging by the slightest of threads in the AL Wildcard Race. At a time when they cannot afford to lose any games, especially ones to Division rivals like Boson and Toronto, the Yankees and their fans look to reigning AL MVP A-Rod to step up. However, Alex has done everything but shine in pressure situations during the month of August.
Alex Rodriguez flopped in crucial spots all night during New York's 7-3 loss to Boston on Tuesday night. He grounded into two double plays, one with the bases loaded and whiffed for the final out, finishing 0-for-5.
The reigning AL MVP, batting .238 in August, took the blame for the loss. "Tonight, you can put it on me," Rodriguez said. "It was a lousy night. We pretty much screwed it up every way you can screw it up. There's absolutely no excuse." He is 1-for-10 this season with the bases loaded - 0-for-7 when there were less than two outs.
This afternoon in the Bronx, Alex was 1-5 with 1 RBI, 1 Strikeout, and 5 left on base. His biggest at bat came in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Yankees down 7-6. Alex had 2 on and nobody out and then went and grounded into a double play. The Yankees eventually went on to lose by that same score.
Over the last 11 games, Alex has 10 hits with 2 RBI's, No home runs, and 13 Strikeouts. He has been at bat countless times with runners in scoring position, and then has proceeded to ground into a double play or strikeout. With this kind of performance from their cleanup hiiter, the Yankees were 6-5 during that stretch, losing key games to both the Red Sox and the Blue Jays.
A-Rod, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, always puts up big numbers in his career. As of two weeks ago, Alex had batted .315 with 115 Hits, 26 Home runs, 76 Runs, and 70 RBIs. Even with these solid numbers, Alex has been down compared to his career averages for 30+ Home runs, 115 RBIs, and 100 Runs. As of today, Alex is now batting .307 with 28 Home runs, 79 RBI's, and 86 Runs scored. While his numbers are down, Alex was under salary this year for a robust $28,000,000.
A-Rod, since 1994, is a 3-time American League MVP, 2-time Silver Slugger award winner, and 2-time Gold Glover. Alex is currently 13th on the all-time home run list with 544. He also has the pleasure of being the number 1 rated fantasy baseball player in the world! However, he has not been playing that way this year. Maybe this year, A-Rod should stop spending so much time thinking about Madonna and more about his day job!