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The point is that with such a large lead there is no real reason to empty the tank on a starter you will need again soon.
I think people are questioning whether or not it really empties the tank.
So you're asserting that if you take out the times he did well, his line would be worse? Iiiiinnnnnteresting.
120 is a typical CC start. That's what he does.
You pay these guys to throw big innings for your team; what could be bigger than a ninth inning postseason game? Take the context out; the opponent and the lead.
You make beautiful strawmen.
So it's now 4/31 in his playoff career with 2ORISP, which is obviously not good - but not all 2ORISP at bats are important, and not all important at bats come with 2ORISP,
and over the course of his career, A-Rod has been a net positive to his teams during the playoffs.
Really, for any sample of 50 AB or less, they should probably just report it as H/AB, rather than as an actual batting average; it takes away the false sense of confidence in the number. If you say "A-Rod is 4/30 with two outs and runners in scoring position in his playoff career," that still sucks, but it sucks over a small and defined sample.
Sometimes there is no "right" number. As it pertains to veteran pitchers, obviously not in distress, I have no problem with them throwing 120-130 pitches.
Yeah, it seems weird to say "A-Rod sucks in the postseason, except for that one time he carried the Yankees on his back to their only title in a decade."
Travel day tomorrow, but I think there are sometimes CBA issues with just wiping out a travel day.
The fact that the Yankees can only win in the postseason when A-Rod comes up big might be taken to say more about the rest of the Yankees than it does about A-Rod
Your answer to the question of whether A-Rod's postseason career has been a net positive for the Yankees, though, I still disagree with. But maybe that's just because I'm not a fan of a team that's entitled to a championship every year. (Smiley emoticon)
a Series win against the '04 Cards is no guarantee
Okay, boys and girls, how's this? "A-Rod sucked in five out of seven postseasons, ruled the world in one, and produced mixed results in another."
I suppose we probably make the series (and possibly win) in 04 if he hits better in the second half of the series. But that was a concerted team collapse they pulled off there.
To me that's the most significant postseason "overall" number of them all.
Nobody's ever doubted for a second that A-Rod's overall 2009 postseason was among the greatest in baseball history. Considering the context many of those hits, in fact, it may well have been the best.
The key word there is "almost". The Giants didn't win.
In the 4 games the Giants lost, Bonds went 4-9 with 8 W, 3 HR, 5 runs scored and 4 RBI.
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