Alex Rodriguez benched for decisive Game 5 vs. Orioles
Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY Sports
4:02PM EDT October 12. 2012 – Alex Rodriguez’s epic playoff struggles compelled New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi to do what was once unthinkable: bench his $29 million third baseman.
Rodriguez’s track record in decisive games is about as bad as it can get: 0-for-13 in his career as a Yankee, dating to Game 7 of the 2004 AL Championship Series.
“I think he’s just going through a difficult time,” said Girardi, who said he made the decision at 1 p.m. on Friday and informed Rodriguez via telephone. “He’s meant a lot to our organization. But he’s struggled against right-handers in this series. So I made the decision to start Chavvy today.”
“It’s never about Joe,” Rodriguez said. “I always have to look in the mirror. I’ve got to do what I can do, whatever I can do, to help the team.
“Don’t assume that you’ve heard the last from us, or me.”
The Yankees Still Owe Alex Rodriguez $114 Million
Cork Gaines, Business Insider
If Alex Rodriguez were a free agent this off-season, would anybody give the aging slugger a $100 million contract? Would anybody even think about giving the 37-year-old a five-year deal?
Well, that is the scenario facing the New York Yankees who still owe ARod $114 million over the next five years. And that number goes up to $120 million if Rodriguez hits 13 home runs in 2013, matching Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs.
That’s a lot of money for a guy that has hit 34 home runs in the past two seasons, combined! That’s a lot of money for a player that is not even good enough to be in the lineup for tonight’s crucial win-or-go-home game five against the Orioles.
Live Analysis: A.L.D.S. Game 5, Orioles vs. Yankees
By JUSTIN SABLICH, The New York Times
October 12, 2012, 2:05 pm
Rodriguez is certainly not the only Yankees batter struggling mightily in this division series. Just look at these numbers from some of the team’s other power hitters.
Robinson Cano: 2 for 18, 0 HR
Curtis Granderson: 1 for 16, 0 HR
Nick Swisher: 2 for 15, 0 HR
With friends like these, what starting pitcher would feel good going into a must-win game?
In this particular case CC Sabathia (15 – 6, 3.38 ERA), who with Hiroki Kuroda are the Yankees’ only real Aces. The Orioles will try and benefit from the implosion with Jason Hammel (8 – 6, 3.43 ERA).