Would the real Alex Rodriguez please stand up…please stand up…please stand up

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Somewhat lost in the Bobby Abreu/Robinson Cano debacle of late has been the performance of Alex Rodriguez. While A-Rod‘s stats overall — .329/.407/.714 with 15 HR and 39 RBI — are still exception, his season has been some of a Jekyll and Hyde performance so far.

Through the first 18 games of the year, Alex Rodriguez had 75 at bats and was an absolute beast. He hit .400 with a .453 OBP and a whopping 1.053 slugging percentage. As we all know, he had 14 home runs, 7 doubles and 34 RBIs. He was hitting home runs at a pace of one every 5.36 at bats.

But in the 18 games since then, a different Alex Rodriguez has emerged. In 65 at bats, Alex has hit .246 with a pedestrian .355 OBP and a pathetic .323 slugging percentage. He has 3 extra base hits — 1 home run, 2 doubles — and just 5 RBI in this stretch of games. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 1 HR every 65 at bats.

So what’s the real Alex Rodriguez? For all of his recent struggles, A-Rod is still on pace for 68 HR and 176 RBI. If he can rediscover his power stroke soon, things will be looking up for A-Rod. He just missed in Seattle, driving two balls to the wall in the deepest parts of a vast outfield. Are we about to see another HR tear from A-Rod? It couldn’t come at a better time.

I know that these guys are rooting for April Alex to return and carry the Yankees through to the end of May. I fear that if his stroke doesn’t come back, the Yankee boo birds may return, making this summer a long one from Alex as that opt-out clause comes do.

It’s never a dull moment around these Yankees, eh?

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    Statistical correction is a bitch…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben

    You would hope though that Alex could maintain his career norm throughout a period of correction. One home run in 65 at-bats is some correction when your career numbers are 1 HR every 14.4 at-bats.

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    Iirc last year Alex had the same sort of hot/cold streaks. Check out his monthly splits for last season.

    Lst season his cold months were the ones where Giambi was redht, and during Giambi’s cold months, Arod was redhot.

  • Tarheel

    He will come out of it soon. Probably this week. He hit several balls real hard in the last 4 or 5 games (not just the 2 that went to the wall) that went right at people. He still looks very confident and the lack of much protection around him in the lineup right now has made the good pitches he was seeing go down signifigantly. He is not seeing very many good pitches. Once Bobby and Jason start hitting again, it will help Alex, big time.