Alex Rodriguez was the Yankee offense in the first two rounds of the postseason. Two games into his first ever World Series and he is halfway to the record for the most amount of strikeouts by one player in a World Series. He was 14-32 (.438) with 5 homers and 12 RBI in the nine games of the ALDS and ALCS.
This must be what the pressure of a World Series can do to a player.
Fortunately, A-Rod is not alone with 6 K’s. Both Rodriguez and Ryan Howard of the Phillies are tied with 6 strikeouts apiece. The current record is 12. For some reason though, I do feel he’ll break out of it soon.
Here is the most interesting factoid: A-Rod has had 4 games with 3 strikeouts this season, including the past two games. Three of those four games came against the Phillies, the other being a game on May 24. All three came against different starting pitchers, too – Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez, respectively.
It seems to me that Philly Manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee have figured out a way to pitch to Rodriguez and keep him off the base paths. Or worse, from hitting balls into home run territory.