He’s only played 11 games so far this season, but Alex Rodriguez is struggling. He’s looks healthy and has been playing solid defense, but has just a .227 average, a .333 OBP and a .674 OPS.
But Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks a lot of that might be luck.
“I don’t see him chasing a lot of pitches,” Girardi told Vincent Mercogliano of the Journal News. “I see him being patient and trying to wait for his pitch. To me, he’s done everything that he needs to do to be successful. He’s just run into some bad luck.”
Indeed, A-Rod’s BB% and K% have been at or better than his career average, indicating he’s seeing the ball well. He’s also hitting more linedrives than he normally does, indicating he’s hitting the ball hard.
Eventually it seems that his numbers will start going back to normal, but for now Girardi wants to get him some rest. He is out of the lineup on Wednesday as Eric Chavez gets a start in his place. It isn’t injury related, Girardi simply said that it was a proactive move to keep him healthy and sharp.