Sep
19

It’s amazing what a little rest can do

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There’s really nothing going on right now, and we don’t have a game for another almost another nine hours, so here’s a bit to chew on:

Since A-Rod‘s two-day rest in Florida: .324/.426/.544 with 10 doubles, 16 homers, and a triple in 324 plate appearances.

That’s also when they started resting him once a week. Could the cumulative effects of said rest have an impact on Alex’s late-season run? After the Yankees beat the A’s on August 19, A-Rod had a .254 batting average. That average, exactly a month later, is .287. A-Rod has racked up 103 plate appearances in the past month, and has hit .404/.476/.607.

This is pretty damn good for someone coming off hip surgery in March. Sure, Chase Utley is having an even better season than last year after hip surgery, but he had his back in November, giving him a three-month head start.

It’s not quite an A-Rod appreciation thread, but damn, it’s tough not to appreciate what he’s done this year.

Categories : Offense
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    “Mr. Mid-August-to-Mid-September”?

    • Bob Stone

      Ye of little faith.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I was joking.

        • Bob Stone

          I took you seriously because he has folded in past post season play and has many fans thinking of him as a latter day Dave Winfield – Mr. May.

  • Salty Buggah

    Meh, how many wins does he have? What about all that clubhouse crap he’s creating and has created?

    • Bob Stone

      Say what you like but all that crap is less intense this year. For that I am thankful.

      • Salty Buggah

        Like Andy, I was joking. I would say shit about A-rod because he plays for the Yanks and he is my favorite player.

        • Bob Stone

          I have no sense of humor today. But be the post walk-off loss blues.

      • The Artist

        +1

  • Bob Stone

    It’s very encouraging to see those numbers and to hope that maybe he can perform up to the value of his contract without the assistance of PEDs.

  • RCK

    I’m always up for an A-rod appreciation thread!

    • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

      +1

  • Bob Stone

    The question still on the mind of many fans is whether he can bring those type of numbers to games in October.

  • Ivan

    A-Rod has been nuttin short of amazing. What impresses me this season has been his approach to every AB is better especially with RISP. His OBP% has been terrfic, the power is still monsterous. He certainly exceeded expectations this season given what he has gone through.

    • Bob Stone

      All very true, especially against the backdrop of hip surgery so close to the start of the season. I hope he can bring it in October.

  • Tseng

    But, but, does he hit in the clutch? (sarcasm)

    • Bob Stone

      My perception is that he has been a little more clutch than when he first joined the Yankees.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wonder if we’ll ever see a .300 ISO from A-Rod again.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Well, he’s only done that once in the last six years, so I’d say no.

  • Tom Zig

    A-rod is still at fault for Hurricane Katrina.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      And the financial collapse of America

      • Jack

        And Ann Coulter.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          He produced “Ishtar”.

          • Tom Zig

            A-rod wants to reunite Church and State

            • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

              Nice.

            • http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2009/08/08/soxyank6__1249712396_8566.jpg Mike Pop

              A-rod wants to reunite Church and State

              Awesome.

  • The Artist

    Anyone know why this dopey Blackberry Tour won’t let me reply to other peoples comments?

    • Tom Zig

      the curve won’t let me post at all

      • The Artist

        As you can see, now its working. I needed to have Javascript enabled.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        My curve lets me post with no problems.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Because the BlackBerry browser is a POS.

      http://www.opera.com/mini/download/blackberry/
      http://boltbrowser.com/download.html

      Both better options. That is, until Skyfire gets off the ground.

      • Tom Zig

        Which one do you recommend?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          I use BOLT, but that’s because it’s newer, and their PR guys keep emailing me about new versions. Most people I know seem to like Opera. It’s a bit more stable, I think.

          • Tom Zig

            Thanks Joe

          • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

            HTC Touch Pro comes default with Opera, bitches.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Well my curve comes equipped with a friggin laser beam.

  • Zack

    At the end of the season Buster Olney should go back to his ‘source’ and ask him what he thinks of Alex now.

    • Tom Zig

      I love anonymous scouts. You can get them to say anything.

      • Zack

        Call from: Theo Epstein
        ‘uh yeah- hi, im a scout. red sox have tons of depth, and arod sucks. bye’

  • bonestock94

    I like Arod this year, even if his overall numbers aren’t that stunning. He seems clutch-er and there’s no more drama.

  • http://opensourcecomedy.net/images/melky_box.jpg Drew the Pretty Pretty Princess

    I’ve been saying this for a couple months now, Al has a seemingly new approach at the plate and I think it will benefit him come October. His swing seems flatter through the zone compared to previous years. He’s not trying to do too much.

    • Tom Zig

      I hope you’re right. There is nothing more I would love than to see A-rod have a good postseason. It will really silence a lot of the haters.

      • http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2009/08/08/soxyank6__1249712396_8566.jpg Mike Pop

        Oh yeah, if him and A.J. have great postseasons on route to #27. Me = happy man.

    • thurdonpaul

      i agree , he seems to not be pressing, he is doing what he can with what is there to hit, and idk if i have seen that deep huffing at all this year, personally im expecting a great post-season from alex this year

    • jim p

      Look at his strikeouts to walks ratio. Career it’s about 1.72/1, this year about 1.15/1. That’s not a minor difference. This certainly didn’t happen without a change in his approach at the plate.

  • Salty Buggah

    You know, if Mo forbid, Tex has a bad postseason and A-rod doesnt have a good one (it could be OK but not good), I bet all the blame goes to A-rod. People will say (and some have already) that Tex got no pitches to hit because of A-rod.

    • Andy

      Capt Negative

      • Salty Buggah

        How? I have no worries about them. I just worried about people (kinda like you last night with Girardi) blaming everything on A-rod.

      • Jersey

        Pot, meet kettle.

    • Zack

      Like the Detriot series a few years ago? Nobody hit on that team (think 1 player was above .200 for the series) but thats on Alex’s shoulders somehow

      • Tom Zig

        Jeter – 500 .529 .938 1.467

        Abreu – 333 .412 .400 .812

        Posada – .500 .563 .786 1.348

        Aside from that, everyone pretty much sucked.

        • Zack

          ok i was a little off but yeah. Arod gets the blame but the other 5 guys in the lineup that failed with him dont. (plus the pitching)

          • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

            When it comes to blame and accusations, the shiny, highest paid entity is the one that always gets the short end of the stick. Like the Yankees themselves.