Alex Rodriguez was talking confidently after Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over the Royals despite only managing a single in four at-bats and striking out with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. The Yankees’ 36-year-old third baseman/DH has just five homers and 15 RBI in 42 games, although he’s batting .276.
So when are the homers coming? He hasn’t exactly been making a run at the next guy on the all-time list, Willie Mays at 660. Rodriguez is at 634.
“You don’t have to worry about that,” Rodriguez said. “When it’s all said and done, my home runs and RBI are going to be there. And hopefully they’ll be big ones to help this team win.”
He helped the team win with his defense, throwing out Alcides Escobar for the final out, with an assist from Mark Teixeira making a big stretch. And he stole his fifth base in five tries.
“When you’re hitting like crap, sometimes you have to try to help the team win in other facets,” Rodriguez said.
He said he thought he found something in his last at-bat that he can build on even though he flied out to left. He planned to work more with Kevin Long.
There’s still an eternity left on his contract. So what do you think? Can he still be productive?