Alex Rodriguez has been losing power each year since 2007 when he last won the MVP. This season it has been especially bad though as he has almost turned into a singles hitter. Well last night he blasted out with a pair of home runs to power the Yankees to an 8-3 victory.
If you listen to A-Rod though, he was long overdue.
“I just felt I was getting good pitches to hit and I wasn’t in a position to hit them,” A-Rod told he told Brian Heyman of the Journal News. ”The last two or three days, I’ve taken a lot of swings. Today I put myself in a position to take my A swing.”
A-Rod has 45 hits this season and just 12 of them are for extra bases. His slugging percentage has dropped each year from .645 in ’07 to .404 this year. His overall numbers are decent, .276/.369/.404/.773, but that is a far cry from the player he once was.
Perhaps he is finished as an elite force in the lineup. Or perhaps last night was a sign of that things will get better. We’re still only about 25 percent through this season so there is a lot of time left to find out.