The New York Yankees pulled off one of the most exciting wins of the 2012 MLB Playoffs when Raul Ibanez hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning before a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a big 3-2 win in Game 3 of the ALDS over the Baltimore Orioles. While the Yankees will be carrying plenty of momentum heading into Game 3, there’s still a very big reason to be concerned about one of their star players: Alex Rodriguez.
Once again, Rodriguez appears to be in one of those funks where he just can’t seem to get anything going during the postseason. Over the first three games of the ALDS, Rodriguez is batting just 1 of 12 with seven strikeouts, which is embarrassing for any player with his type of talent.
The fact that Rodriguez is putting up these types of numbers while under such a hefty 10-year, $275 million contract makes you wonder how the Yankees may use him for the remainder of the postseason. It was a bold move for Joe Girardi to take Rodriguez out during such a crucial time of Game 3 when teams rely on their best players the most and thanks to positive results from Ibanez–it’s hard not to wonder whether or not similar moves will be made over the next couple of games.
New York could use all of the help from their best players during this time of year and if Rodriguez continues to struggle throughout the rest of the postseason–it should be interesting to see what’s in store for his future with the organization.
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