**NOTE**- This article is an updated version of my previous article “Álex Rodríguez Set for a “Down” Season?“, which gave a projection on A-Rods 2010 season.
2009: Going into the 2009 season Álex Rodríguez had two procedures on his hip the, first was to drain a cyst in his hip while the second was to repair a torn labrum found while the cyst was being drained. The surgery to repair the labrum put a strain on A-Rod’s psyche and in many interviews he even admitted that he often considered retirement.
Álex missed all of Spring Training and the whole first month of the season but return with a band on May 8th against the Orioles where he hit a 1st inning 3-Run HR. Although the injury did not affect his power, 17 HRs in the 1st half of the season even though he missed all of April, Álex’s average took a hit and at the all star break he was hitting a very average .256. He turned his season around after the break and put up huge numbers in both August and September. Álex also put together a huge game in the final regular season game where he hit 2 HR, one a grand slam, and 7 RBI. Now the Yankees sat at 103-59 and the big question remained: How would A-Rod perform in the Post Season?
Even though A-Rod didn’t win ALCS MVP or World Series MVP he was without question the Yankees Post Season MVP. Álex wound up hitting a phenomenal .365 in the playoffs with 6 HR and 18 RBI keeping all the critic’s mouths shut while leaving many fan’s mouths dropped to the floor. He seemed to have really gotten his act together and was playing with the team in mind hopefully it was not just an act and he can keep the pace come the 2010 season.
2009 Regular Season Totals: 78 Runs 127 Hits 30 HR 100 RBI 14 SB .286 AVG .402 OBP 9 Errors
2010: Ever since Álex Rodríguez was traded to the Yankees his every move has been magnified. When he has a slump everyone looks for a who, what, where, when, and why? He is also the only player in the MLB who has to hit 40 HR in a season or else it is considered a bad season, and since coming to the Yankees he has had “bad” seasons in the even years and “good” seasons in the odd years (he won MVP with the Yanks in ‘05 and ‘07).
His season averages in odd and even seasons are as follows:
Odd= 148 GP 168 Hits 44 HR 129 RBI 20 SB .307 AVG 11 Errors
Even= 149 GP 164 Hits 35 HR 110 RBI 20 SB .293 AVG 16 Errors
So it is clear that the differences are not huge but they are there, and I still don’t understand where those even seasons are “bad” I don’t care who it is I will take that production every season from A-Rod. It will be interesting to see how his production changes without protection from Hideki Matsui and without Johnny Damon getting on base in the two hole. The Yankees won’t need A-Rod to carry them in the regular season, but it will be essential for him to repeat his performance in the ’09 playoffs if the Yankees want to see another World title.
2010 Regular Season Prediction: 104 Runs 176 Hits 38 HR 116 RBI 16 SB .304 AVG .394 OBP 15 Errors