From R.J. Anderson (FanGraphs):
With that in mind let’s address the topic before the headlines do.Alex Rodriguez does not hit well in the playoffs
His career wOBA in the regular season is .412. His career post-season wOBA is .368. Relative to his standards he doesn’t hit well in the playoffs.
He’s been the invisible man with the Yankees
Let’s drop wOBA for a moment and simply look at his playoff series lines in pinstripes:
2004 ALDS: .421/.476/.737 (21 PA)
2004 ALCS: .258/.378/.561 (37 PA)
2005 ALDS: .133/.381/.200 (21 PA)
2006 ALDS: .071/.071/.071 (14 PA)
2007 ALDS: .267/.353/.467 (17 PA)
You have one great series and two awful, and two below A-Rod standards. Invisible? No. Not as good as his regular season self? Yes. The sample size isn’t big enough to say whether this is simply random fluctuation or a fear of the post-season stage.
What do you think? Will A-Rod show up this October or will we witness a meltdown? Were ’05-06 the products of bad luck or was A-Rod simply letting the postseason pressure get to him?
Speaking subjectively, I believe that ’05 was just an awful postseason for Alex—bad luck, perhaps—and then Joe Torre made matters worse in 2006 by bouncing A-Rod around the lineup like a spare part. It’s hard to rebound from a poor playoff experience when your manager makes it clear that he has no confidence in your abilities in the following playoff appearance. For that reason, I don’t blame A-Rod for his performance against the Tigers (he’s at fault, but it’s not all on him). Of course, that’s just my opinion.