It doesn’t mean he is washed up, doesn’t mean he won’t pick it up the second half of the season, He might still get to 30 home runs, even if getting to 100 RBI means that over the Yankees’ remaining 75 games he’ll need the same 62 RBI he got last season.
Still: For someone with his amazing resume, someone who still believes he can hit more home runs than Barry Bonds — it is why the Yankees gave him his insane contract extension after the 2007 season, before they found out he was juicing in Texas — it is an amazing season, to here. Raul Ibanez enters Sunday’s game against the Angels with 11 home runs and 36 RBI.
Even Albert Pujols (his contract is back-loaded, Pujols is only making $12 million for his first season with the Angels) is having a better year so far. In 87 games, Pujols has 336 at-bats, 22 doubles, 14 homers, 52 RBI, a slugging percentage of .458.
You want to look at a statistical comparison, just in baseball New York, the season we’ve seen so far? Scott Hairston of the Mets, in just 72 games and 191 at-bats, has these numbers: 12 doubles, two triples, 12 homers, 35 RBI, a slugging percentage of .524. No wonder the Yankees want to change the subject and talk about how well A-Rod has looked in the field.
Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
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