A-Rod's Redemption: Yankees Star Will Shine in the Bronx

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 10, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 08:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees warms up during batting practice for Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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So here we are, a pivotal Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees took care of business in the first game of this series in Baltimore, but took a step backward in Game 2, as the Orioles tied up the series at one game apiece.

Much criticism fell in the lap of (who else?) Alex Rodriguez, who is 1-for-9 this postseason with five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the likes of Curtis Granderson (1-for-7) and Robinson Cano (2-for-8), haven't found much success at the plate either, but it is the high-paid 37-year-old Rodriguez who gets the attention.

There has been much talk of moving Rodriguez down in the batting order.  While Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't say he would, he didn't say he wouldn't either.

Either way, the power outage does continue for Alex Rodriguez in the postseason—and in the regular season, for that matter.

Rodriguez hasn't homered since September 14 against Tampa Bay this year, and his last postseason home run was the famous shot off of the camera in the World Series in 2009 against the Phillies.

I do think Rodriguez tries to do a little too much at the plate, and that can cause his numbers to look the way they do in the postseason.

For some odd reason, in 2009, he didn't let his emotions get the best of him and had the postseason of his life, hitting six home runs and knocking in 18 runners.

The past two seasons have seen Alex struggle when it matters most, going 7-for-32 in the two series in 2010 against Minnesota and Texas and only 2-for-18 in the five games against Detroit last season.

Do we put too much pressure on Rodriguez, or does he put too much pressure on himself?

Over the last couple of days, he has stolen all of the headlines in this series on his lackluster performance so far.  

Instead, the headlines should be talking about the never-say-die Orioles who refuse to be put to rest.

In my honest opinion, even though it is a bit biased, I do think Alex Rodriguez will come through in these upcoming home games to close out the ALDS.

However, the rest of the team needs to step it up as well.

One thing Alex needs to realize is that no matter what he does, good or bad, it is your most recent game that the fans will look at.

2009 is in the past, 2012 is now.  

If he goes in there with the attitude of knowing that he is never going to please everyone, then his bat should take care of the rest.


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