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.