Starlin Castro hit a 9th inning home run to cap off a come from behind-walk off much needed 9-8 win over the Rockies. Amongst the cheers from the crowd were some boos.The boos were for the struggling Alex Rodriquez. A-Rod struck out three times Wednesday. He did have a single. He continues to fail in big spots, yet Joe Giardi still bats him in the 4th or 5th spot in the line-up. For the season he is batting .215 with 34 hits and 50 strikeouts. His slugging percentage is .399, and his on-base percentage is at .259. Rodriguez has 25 RBIs in his 42 games. He’s no longer getting it done.
The 35-36 Yankees have put themselves in such a hole that they cannot wait forever for Rodriguez to produce. Over his last 9 games, Rodriguez is batting .187 with one home run and four RBIs. He is smack in the middle of this frustrating season. He must produce for the team to have any chance at success, but he is long past his prime. A Rod is not just hurting the team at the plate. Because he is essentially limited to the designated hitter role, the Yankees cannot put Beltran at the DH spot, where he belongs. Not in the outfield where he has hurt them defensively. Continuing to play him every day makes one believe their success depends too heavily on a “past his prime” once superstar with two hip surgeries.
The soon to be 41 year old is just 5 home runs away from 700. Maybe that’s the reason he plays every day. Is that historic accomplishment more important than winning to the Yankees? In my opinion, leaving him in the middle of the line-up on a daily basis will just make the team sellers sooner than later. When Rodriguez retires, baseball will lose one of the most polarizing figures in sports history, but right now he is a major reason why the Yankees aren’t winning.
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