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Is Pudge Rodriguez through as a hitter?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by casty33, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    He can still catch and throw but I haven't seen swings as feeble as what I've seen from Rodriguez in this Yankees series. I've seen better swings from Little League kids, seriously. Not having seen much of the Tigers during the regular season, has he been better than he looks now? He really looks to me like he has had it as a hitter.
     
  2. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    The guy did hit .300 this year. I'm not saying he's a great hitter (OPS of .769 makes him about an average American League hitter), but I wouldn't write him off because he looks bad this series. Heck, I've seen Bernie Williams look like a Hall of Famer and a Little Leaguer during the same postseason.
     
  3. goalmouth

    goalmouth Active Member

    I agree. He rang up the weakest .300 I've seen in some time. Looks like Brett Boone disease.
     
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Batted .300 with 13 homers in regular season. I'm not ready to call him done because he's gone 0-for-8 against Yankees two best pitchers/bullpen. Is he worn down a little at this time of year? Maybe. He's also 3-for-27 over the last three years at Yankee Stadium, including 0-for-10 during the regular season this year.
     
  5. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    [kickingolddeadhorse] Wait, are we talking Alex or Ivan?[/kickingolddeadhorse]
     
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    He was through as a hitter last year.

    2005: .276/.290/.444
    2006: .300/.332/.437

    OBP went up cuz his walks more than doubled -- all the way from 11 to 26. Five less doubles, one less triple, one more homer. 17 more singles.

    So in his last 1,100 or so plate appearances, he has just 97 extra-base hits. This year alone, Grady Sizemore had 92 xb-hits.
     
  7. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

    When you account for his home ballpark, Rodriguez is a league average hitter. Considering he's a 34-year-old catcher, that's not bad.
     
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    EENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHH!

    Pudge has hit better at home than on the road all three years in Detroit.
     
  9. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Maybe it's just fatigue at the end of a long season.

    Two former catchers, Charlie Lau and Smokey Burgess, were pretty good pinch-hitters at the end of their career. That always made me wonder whether the physical demands of being a catcher affected their offensive production. My theory was that if they would pinch hit, they would have more knowledge about what pitchers would throw and what to do.
     
  10. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Well, golly. I wonder. He's shrunk so much his nads are probably the size of California raisins.
     
  11. SEWnSO

    SEWnSO Member

    Looked pretty decent last night.
     
  12. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    And how embarrassed am I for writing this stupid jump-the-gun opinion?? After two days of feeble swings in Yankee Stadium, Pudge comes home and looks pretty good. I should have just kept my opinions to myself.

    What I wonder now is this -- was it hitting at YS as opposed to Comerica; was it hitting against Randy Johnson; or was it just to make me look bad?
     
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