“Guys who have a history of performing, they usually perform,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “Every time a guy went 0-for-4, you can’t change. These guys are All-Stars and superstars. It’s not like they are platoon players. I think they have to be patient. Two games don’t mean anything. I think the focus needs to be on the field.”
Alex Rodriguez entered yesterday’s game without a hit in the series and considering the fact that he has been dealing with various injuries it could have been easy to hit the panic button and drop him down in the lineup.
However, Girardi was smart enough to trust his player, who proved to be a little healthier than expected as A-Rod went 2-for-5 with three hard hit outs on top of it. It was a solid game that wouldn’t have been easy to predict, but Girardi stuck with A-Rod and he rewarded him.
The bottom line is that the Yankees need A-Rod to produce from that spot in the lineup. Dropping him down won’t do anything to help that. Besides, it’s not like there are a lot of hitters at the bottom of the lineup that have to be moved up.