If you were to tell the normal baseball fan that Alex Rodriguez would finish with around 35 home runs (HR) and 95 runs batted in (RBI) for the entire 2015 season, you’d be cast aside with a flagrant wave of the hand.
Miraculously, those stats are what Rodriguez is on pace for. His .278 batting average, 18 HR and 51 RBI has earned himself the honor of hitting No. 3 in the lineup after starting in the seven-hole.
It’s also rejuvenated the entire offense.
A-Rod and Mark Teixeira’s incredible resurgence has led to a lineup that’s produced the second most runs (409) and home runs (116) in baseball. It’s still one of the more undervalued stories in baseball. Tex and A-Rod have been injured, suspended and/or ineffective for most of the last three-seasons.
The speed and table-setting element is also very real in the Bronx. No duo was better than Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner prior to the former Boston outfielder’s most recent disabled list (DL) stint.
As long as they stay healthy – which always remains the key for this team – the Yankees offense should be humming during the dog-days.
The only reason the New York Mets don’t garner a failing grade in the lineup position is purely based on ultra destructive injuries.
Which MLB team could survive the loss of their top two-hitters?
David Wright only playing in eight-games this season was a blow of epic proportions. Furthermore, nobody expects him back anytime soon.
The other major loss, and something becoming quite a concern, is the certainty that Travis d’Arnaud is incapable of staying on the field. Finally, the kid grew into his bat and matured at the plate. We continue to see his batting brilliance. The only problem that lies is he’s played in just 19 games.
Aside from those two major issues, the rest of the lineup has been downright dreadful.
Lucas Duda failed to carry over his 2014 success. After starting off on the right foot in 2015, his lack of consistency has become an outrageous problem.
Michael Cuddyer plain stinks.
This lineup is currently boasting the worst batting average in all the land with a pitiful .233 mark, while they toil in third to last in runs scored (310). The highest batting average from a regular comes from Daniel Murphy’s .277 number (aside from d’Arnaud’s .296).
What’s worse than a team who can’t hit is a team who can’t play small-ball or make things happen on the base-paths. Their 33 stolen bases places them 26th in baseball.