It’s amazing what a little rest can do


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


  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

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

  2. Salty Buggah says:

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

  3. Bob Stone says:

    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.

  4. RCK says:

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

  5. Bob Stone says:

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

  6. Ivan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. Tseng says:

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

  8. Accent Shallow says:

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

  9. Tom Zig says:

    A-rod is still at fault for Hurricane Katrina.

  10. The Artist says:

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

  11. Zack says:

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

  12. bonestock94 says:

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

  13. 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 says:

      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.

    • thurdonpaul says:

      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 says:

      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.

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    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.

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