Mike Lupica wrote a whole column about how it is A-Rod’s fault, three days after writing a whole column about how if they lost, it would be A-Rod’s fault. You get the feeling that if he did not play and the Yankees lost, Lupica would switch to soccer or something.
On ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that “A-Rod Doesn’t Get The Job Done.” Well, there’s no argument there. He didn’t get the job done, though it might have been charitable if someone at least pointed out that he was playing with a sore knee and has a bad thumb. But when you’re making all that money, you’re not supposed to be vulnerable.
...Let’s put that all together: Over the last two postseasons, Jeter, A-Rod, Tex and Swish have been at bat 212 times - let’s call that a third of a regular season - and batted .198 with an OBP of .274. In all of those trips to the plate, those four have driven exactly 17 runs.
What accounts for this astonishing record of ineffectiveness? I’d be curious to see what you think, because I haven’t the faintest idea.
Let me add something more: Our ace, C.C. Sabathia, pitched 24.2 innings in the postseason in 2010 and 2011 and gave up 16 earned runs. That’s an ERA of 6.60. In 24.2 innings, he gave up 32 hits and walked 15.
...Al I can say is thank God for 2009, because without it this would have been one lousy ten-year postseason stretch.