For those of you who remember the old Saturday Night Live skit between Dan Ackroyd and Jane Curtin, they performed a Point -Counterpoint skit. Jane would always go first with her Point about a current issue going on at the time. Dan would provide the other side of the argument with the Counterpoint by opening with "Jane you ignorant slut".
Yesterday, Bret opined that the demise of Alex Rodriguez is currently being overstated due to his horrible performance during the playoffs. Bret provided the Point argument . Today, I take the other side of the ARod demise argument and provide the Counterpoint. I promise not to call Bret any names.
Yes, the media does tend to blow playoff performance, or lack thereof, out of proportion since there is very little baseball news to write about. Who wouldn't want to write about ARod being pinch hit for and extrapolate that he doesn't deserve to start in the ALCS? Or that he was picking up chicks in the dugout during game one of the ALCS, AFTER being pinch hit for?
Anyway, I am here today to argue that the demise of Alex Rodriguez had happened long before the 2012 playoffs started. I have written here several times about the big drop in power since his monster 2007 season. That season, ARod hit .314-.422-.645 with 31 doubles, 54 home runs, 143 runs, 156 RBI and 24 stolen bases. Truly monster numbers. But since 2007, his power has steadily dropped. Sure, everyone expected a drop off from the 54 home run season, but in 5 short years, he has gone from the best power hitter in the game to a below average power hitter.
Let's take a look at his power production since 2007:
2007: 54 HRs .330 ISO, .645 SLG
2008: 35 HRs, .271 ISO, .573 SLG
2009: 30 HRs, .245 ISO, .532 SLG
2010: 30 HRs, .236 ISO, .506 SLG
2011: 16 HRs, .185 ISO, .461 SLG
2012: 18 HRs, .158 ISO, .430 SLG
His home run totals have dropped by a two-thirds, his ISO has been cut in half (almost), and his slugging percentage has dropped by over 200 points. Bret wrote the following in his article yesterday:
Here were A-Rod's stats both before and after July 24, 2012 (the day he was hit on the hand by a Felix Hernandez pitch):
Before - .276/.358/.449 with 15 HR, 44 RBI, 54 R, 11 SB (in 12 chances) and a 21.0% K rate in 400 PA
After - .261/.341/.369 with 3 HR, 13 RBI, 20 R, 2 SB (in 2 chances) and a 24.7% K rate in 129 PA