Pretty boy Alex Rodriguez melts in the spotlight

10/7/11 in MLB   |   mblueberry11   |   17 respect

The highest paid player in baseball, Alex Rodriguez went 2 - 18 in the 2011 playoffs with the Detroit Tigers.

ARod hits when no one is watching or when he can "tack-on" runs.  In the clutch, ARod drops his transmission.  

Some people have the ability to perform when the pressure is on:
  • Wade Boggs, a top ten hitter, knew when to take a walk.
  • Scott Broscius, a .257 hitter, always seemed to get a hit in the clutch.  I wasn't pretty but he got the job done.
  • Even Arron Boone, who fell off the planet, could get a hit when the situation called for it.

Alex has a pretty swing but is missing the mental strength to get a hit when the game is on the line.
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10/17/11   |   Tinker4u69   |   198 respect

Tinker4u69 wrote:
You're entitled to your opinion.  Check the scores in the playoff series.  Pitching didn't lose this one,   Continually staying in pitcher's counts every at bat will never win in the playoffs.  Cliff Lee stuck it to them last season for the same practice.  Give strong ML pitching the advantage in almost every at bat and you and you go home.  So, you're going to give the starters the advantage and take a chance on a weak pen in a short series??   And likely find your team down late in every game? Yeah, RIGHT.  There's at least 15 pitchers in the Majors right now that will bury a team that tries to work the count every at bat.  Might work regular season, will never work in the playoffs.  Yankees have gone home two straight playoffs for doing just that.  There's a book on the Yankees.  Opposing pitchers know that 90% of the time they're taking first pitch and lots of time second. So, those pitchers just take what is generously given and the Yankees go home.  AGAIN.

Janet. You're entitled to your opinion. What I REALLY said is that no team can win in the playoffs CONTINUALLY getting into pitcher's counts. Basically that is 0 and 1 0 and 2 1 and 2 2 and 2. A team has to be aggressive early in the count in the Playoffs. Yep, I said this is what basically lost the playoffs for the Yankees. Check the stats. ONE, check hits with runners in scoring position.

10/12/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Tinker4u69 wrote:
You're entitled to your opinion.  Check the scores in the playoff series.  Pitching didn't lose this one,   Continually staying in pitcher's counts every at bat will never win in the playoffs.  Cliff Lee stuck it to them last season for the same practice.  Give strong ML pitching the advantage in almost every at bat and you and you go home.  So, you're going to give the starters the advantage and take a chance on a weak pen in a short series??   And likely find your team down late in every game? Yeah, RIGHT.  There's at least 15 pitchers in the Majors right now that will bury a team that tries to work the count every at bat.  Might work regular season, will never work in the playoffs.  Yankees have gone home two straight playoffs for doing just that.  There's a book on the Yankees.  Opposing pitchers know that 90% of the time they're taking first pitch and lots of time second. So, those pitchers just take what is generously given and the Yankees go home.  AGAIN.

I don't know that I'd be so bold as to say that the Yankees continually lose playoff series based on an 0-1 count.  I think that's leaving a LOT more to be said and accounted for in the games.

10/12/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Here's my thing. We're talking about *four games.* That's nothing in the grand scheme of baseball. When this few games are being played, stuff happens. Milwaukee won Game 1 of the ALCS in part because of a homer by Yuni Betancourt, who's very likely the worst everyday player in baseball. The Tigers just a few minutes ago tied the game on a homer by Brandon Inge, who was DFA'ed earlier in the season. A squirrel played a part in eliminating the Phillies. Is that bad? No, that's what makes the postseason fun. However, it's also why I don't go nuts over evaluating an individual player based on the small series of games.

(Also, no one's seems to have noticed that Teixeria's career postseason numbers are .207/.315/.322, and that's inflated by his one series as an Angel. Ryan Howard, meanwhile, went 2 for 19 this year. Why is A-Rod the only one who faces this criticism? I'm no fan of A-Rod of course, but this double standard is ridiculous.)

A-Rod is given more s**t because:  
A)  he's a Yankee, and NYY players are always held to a higher standard (whether fans of ANY team want to admit it or not) and...
B) he's the most ridiculously expensive player in the game, which comes with some higher expectations.

10/12/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Scott wrote:
I think the deep underlying reason is the Yankees don't know how to manufacture runs.  They are a typical live by the long ball, die by the long ball team.

True.  Their focus is always on getting seat-fillers, and nothing puts butts in the seats more than the long ball.  
Homeruns can win games, but pitching wins championships.  And overpaying for more offensive threats (real or perceived, ahem, A-Rod) has caused the Yanks to lack in star-quality pitching in recent years.

10/12/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Here's my thing. We're talking about *four games.* That's nothing in the grand scheme of baseball. When this few games are being played, stuff happens. Milwaukee won Game 1 of the ALCS in part because of a homer by Yuni Betancourt, who's very likely the worst everyday player in baseball. The Tigers just a few minutes ago tied the game on a homer by Brandon Inge, who was DFA'ed earlier in the season. A squirrel played a part in eliminating the Phillies. Is that bad? No, that's what makes the postseason fun. However, it's also why I don't go nuts over evaluating an individual player based on the small series of games.

(Also, no one's seems to have noticed that Teixeria's career postseason numbers are .207/.315/.322, and that's inflated by his one series as an Angel. Ryan Howard, meanwhile, went 2 for 19 this year. Why is A-Rod the only one who faces this criticism? I'm no fan of A-Rod of course, but this double standard is ridiculous.)

10/12/11   |   Tinker4u69   |   198 respect

Scott wrote:
I think the deep underlying reason is the Yankees don't know how to manufacture runs.  They are a typical live by the long ball, die by the long ball team.

Scott, when you give that some thought.   It goes along with what I was saying.  Small ball is aggressive baseball  in it's purist form.   It's hard to be aggressive when you're behind in the count 90% of the time.  I've been a Yankees fan for a long time. but I think this club is the most passive I've ever seen in Yankee Stadium.  I have no stats but I'd wager they go down looking more than 80% of ML teams.   I know, the argument is that the team won 97 games.  BUT, They've been sent home in the first round two straight,   I'm not convinced they had the pitching to win the Series, anyway.  Would have been nice to get there,  though. 

10/12/11   |   Scott   |   49416 respect

Tinker4u69 wrote:
As a life long Yankees fan, they just didn't get it done in the playoffs with the bats again.  In my humble opinion, there is a deep, underlying reason for this.  The Yankees team hitting philosophy has to change.  "Working a pitcher' works somewhat in the regular season, but the playoffs are another world as we all know.   Batters cannot continually go 0 and 2 or 1 and 2 and win in the post season.  The teams that are winning are continually going after hittable pitches in the zone regardless of the count.  And, those teams are hitting those pitches rather than giving the opposing pitcher the edge in the count every at bat.  Until the Yankees change this philosophy, they're success in the post season will be very limited.  In other words, get aggressive and swing the freaking bat at hittable pitches regardless of the count.

I think the deep underlying reason is the Yankees don't know how to manufacture runs.  They are a typical live by the long ball, die by the long ball team.

10/12/11   |   Tinker4u69   |   198 respect

(Edited by Tinker4u69)

You're entitled to your opinion.  Check the scores in the playoff series.  Pitching didn't lose this one,   Continually staying in pitcher's counts every at bat will never win in the playoffs.  Cliff Lee stuck it to them last season for the same practice.  Give strong ML pitching the advantage in almost every at bat and you and you go home.  So, you're going to give the starters the advantage and take a chance on a weak pen in a short series??   And likely find your team down late in every game? Yeah, RIGHT.  There's at least 15 pitchers in the Majors right now that will bury a team that tries to work the count every at bat.  Might work regular season, will never work in the playoffs.  Yankees have gone home two straight playoffs for doing just that.  There's a book on the Yankees.  Opposing pitchers know that 90% of the time they're taking first pitch and lots of time second. So, those pitchers just take what is generously given and the Yankees go home.  AGAIN.

10/12/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

Tinker4u69 wrote:
As a life long Yankees fan, they just didn't get it done in the playoffs with the bats again.  In my humble opinion, there is a deep, underlying reason for this.  The Yankees team hitting philosophy has to change.  "Working a pitcher' works somewhat in the regular season, but the playoffs are another world as we all know.   Batters cannot continually go 0 and 2 or 1 and 2 and win in the post season.  The teams that are winning are continually going after hittable pitches in the zone regardless of the count.  And, those teams are hitting those pitches rather than giving the opposing pitcher the edge in the count every at bat.  Until the Yankees change this philosophy, they're success in the post season will be very limited.  In other words, get aggressive and swing the freaking bat at hittable pitches regardless of the count.

Depends on who they're up against.  If the starters are great, but the bullpen sucks, working the count is not a bad idea.  
I think the problem the Yanks had this year (and have had many, many years) is that they lack in pitching.  
During the regular season, the big bats usually help make up for a lack of good pitching, but as we've seen in the playoffs, if the big bats slump, they're in trouble.  

10/11/11   |   Tinker4u69   |   198 respect

As a life long Yankees fan, they just didn't get it done in the playoffs with the bats again.  In my humble opinion, there is a deep, underlying reason for this.  The Yankees team hitting philosophy has to change.  "Working a pitcher' works somewhat in the regular season, but the playoffs are another world as we all know.   Batters cannot continually go 0 and 2 or 1 and 2 and win in the post season.  The teams that are winning are continually going after hittable pitches in the zone regardless of the count.  And, those teams are hitting those pitches rather than giving the opposing pitcher the edge in the count every at bat.  Until the Yankees change this philosophy, they're success in the post season will be very limited.  In other words, get aggressive and swing the freaking bat at hittable pitches regardless of the count.

10/9/11   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Sometimes it's not all about the stats.  In the postseason you need to get clutch hits in key situations, and that's far from the first time A-Rod has failed to come through in a key situation in the playoffs for the Yankees.  In 2009 he played very well in the postseason, but every other year he's been with the Yankees, he's been one of the biggest reasons their offense has sputtered.

10/8/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I give you the career playoff numbers of two players with vastly different reputations.

Player A: 68 games, .277/.386/.498
Player B: 152 games, .307/.374/.465

Player A is A-Rod, Player B is Jeter. Note which one has the higher OBP and SLG. Also, just for fun.

Wade Boggs postseason: 39 games, .273/.337/.383
Scott Brosius postseason: 58 games, .245/.278/.418

Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy the Yankees lost, but the postseason is a crapshoot. Having 5 and 7 game series after a 162 game season produces unpredictable results, and judging a man's entire season on an untimely slump (against better pitching) seems intellectually dishonest. For A-Rod specifically, remember he's 36 and was hurt all year, and Scott was right. There were plenty of Yankees that had a bad series.

Really, the whole Division Series shows how unpredictable the playoffs are. Every team that advanced was outscored.

(Note: I don't have any particular antipathy towards A-Rod outside of him being a Yankee, of course. I'm aware he's a phony and a megalomaniac, but well, most athletes are.)

10/7/11   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Isn't it fitting that the man who has (save 2009) has done absolutely NOTHING for the Yankees in the playoffs is the man who ends their season with a big swing and a miss.

10/7/11   |   janet011685   |   25874 respect

A-Rod buckling under the pressure?  Noooooooo, weeeeeeeeird.  


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10/7/11   |   Scott   |   49416 respect

 Jeter, Granderson, Sabathia and Rafael Soriano. There were a ton of Yankees that melted in the spotlight

10/7/11   |   w_g_walters   |   221 respect

In the pros, in all sports, you figure out players over time so you can deal with them better. When you get to players like A-Rod, they may have such confidence (or ego) that they won't bother trying to compensate for it. It looks to me like he was figured out and didn't do anything about it.

10/7/11   |   metsfan710   |   400 respect

 A-Roid's average: 
2007: .314
2008: .307
2009: .285
2010: .270
2011: .276

I won't even get into his power struggles. He went from hitting 35+ bombs a year to less than 30. The writing is on the wall. Look at Big Papi's struggles, look at A-Rods-- since the Mitchell Report came out, it seems like all these power hitters have hit a wall. Weird.... 

10/7/11   |   maddhatter6691   |   7911 respect

Murphy24 wrote:

They look better together than he did with Cameron Diaz

10/7/11   |   genobibb007   |   17794 respect

Murphy24 wrote:

Funny.....this could only come from a Red Sox fan LOL

10/7/11   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

10/7/11   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect