Alex Rodriguez has had a down year for himself this season, but his numbers during his most recent slump, since he’s hit home run no. 599, have been dragged down even further.
Here’s how A-Rod has done since hitting homer no. 599:
12 G, 45 AB, 2 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 10 SO, .178 BA, .240 OBP, .222 SLG, .462 OPS.
This most recent slump has dragged his overall numbers into an ugly territory. Checkout these season numbers:
100 G, .264 BA, .335 OBP, .467 SLG, .802 OPS.
A-Rod made the All-Star team this year, but if the team was selected now there would be no way he would even come close. His only decent stat, RBI’s which he has 85 in 100 games, reflects more on the team than himself personally. Everything else is way down this year.
His batting average is at least 20 points lower than it’s even been since he became a full-time player, his OBP is in the same territory, and his slugging is a full 45 points lower than in any year since 1995.
There are other contributing factors including a hip problem, that wasn’t nearly as big a problem a year ago, PED questions, which were still there a year ago when he wasn’t this bad, but the biggest overall contributing factor is his age. It’s the only variable that hasn’t been consistent since 2009, a year when he carried the Yankees on his back all the way to the World Series.
So what does the future have in store for A-Rod? 763 isn’t nearly the lock we once thought it to be.