It’s amazing that there are still people talking about the White Sox as possible contenders in the AL Central, isn’t it? Remember when Mark Buerhle was Mr. Perfect and Alex Rios was going to solve the centerfield problem and Jake Peavy gave them four dominant starters? Yeah, those were the days. Anyway, now that the Yanks have swept those frauds out of the town, I want to point two stat lines out to you.
That first set of numbers is Alex Rodriguez’s career batting line. His career line is basically equal to what Miguel Cabrera is doing this year. Think about that for a second.
The second set of slash stats? That’s A-Rod’s batting line since June 24th, which is the day Brian Cashman visited the team in Atlanta. That 22 point difference in SLG … you know what that is? It’s one stupid double every 47 at-bats. I’ll take the 41 point boost in OBP over those missing 22 SLG points every day in the week. So please, let’s stop all this nonsense about A-Rod not being the same hitter he was before the hip surgery. He’s got 100 OPS points on MVP candidate teammate Mark Teixeira since that fateful day in Atlanta. The guy is a machine.
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So anyways, use this as your open thread. The Braves and Phillies are the ESPN Sunday Night game, and you’ve also got Jay Cutler returning to Denver on NBC. Anything goes, but be cool to each other.