5 Players Having a Worse Postseason than Alex Rodriguez
New York: It’s the greatest city in the world; Unless it’s the middle of the playoffs, you’re getting paid $30 million this season, and you’re producing little to no offense in the month of October.
It’s clear that if Alex Rodriguez didn’t leave the bases loaded in game two of the American League Championship Series then the New York Yankees would have won the game, therefore not having to play the extra innings, and in turn Derek Jeter would not have fractured his ankle leaving him out for the season. Blame A-Rod.
Okay, of course I don’t actually think like that, but it seems as if millions of Yankees fans do these days. Rodriguez has become the lightning rod of hate during these playoffs, and it’s obvious as to why he deserves some of it. His stat line for this 2012 post season is not pretty. With a .130 batting average, 12 strikeouts, three hits, no RBIs, and no home runs, he isn’t exactly leading the Yankees to their 28th championship.
A lot of people are quick to mention the $30 million he is making this season, but it’s not like that’s a surprise. The Yankees offered him the absurd amount of money, and fans were very much aware of this deal when he signed this current contract in 2007, so it's unfair to throw that in his face now.
So why is it that A-Rod is the only player who is made the example? There are plenty of other players in these playoffs who are doing as bad, if not worse, than Alex. Some of them are his own teammates. Here are a few other players who have gotten lost amid all the A-Rod bashing, but are also having a less than stellar playoff season.
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
I told you some of these guys were A-Rod's teammates. Robinson Cano ended the season hotter than anyone, but that has not spilled over into the playoffs. His batting average is a mere .063. Robbie is right behind Derek Jeter as a face of the franchise, and has a chance to take over the lead role with Derek out for the rest of the season, but this playoff performance is not going to cut it.
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Apparently Hunter Pence has been delivering inspirational pre-game speeches to his team, but it doesn't appear that he's listening to himself. Pence is hitting .192 with only one run and no RBIs this postseason.
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Yadier Molina had quite the regular season, causing him to be amongst the NL MVP buzz, but it seems as if a different Yadier showed up for the playoffs. Molina is hitting just .107, and only has two RBIs this postseason.
Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson, who hit 43 home runs during the season, hit one home run so far this postseason, and that accounts for his only RBI. Only hitting .115, Granderson also has a whopping 14 strikeouts.
Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt's .200 average isn't as low as some of the other's who are playing, but his one and only RBI of the postseason came just this past game. He also has 7 strikeouts in 20 at bats.