Coming into spring training it was uncertain whether Alex Rodriguez had a spot on the Yankees roster. But what if I told you that through the first six games of the 2015 season, Alex Rodriguez has undoubtedly been the best player for the New York Yankees?
On ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, a national stage, A-Rod went 1-for-2 with two walks, four RBIs and one run scored in an inspiring 14-4 win over the Red Sox that finally displayed some life in the Yankees bats for the first time this season.
A-Rod has now upped his career numbers to 1,975 RBIs, just 17 shy of tying Babe Ruth at fourth in major league history. He also cranked his first home run since September 20th, 2013 earlier in the week against the Toronto Blue Jays, placing him at career home run number no. 655, just five homers away from tying Willie Mays at fourth on the all-time home run list.
So just how good has Alex been this year?
Well, for starters, the 39-year old veteran has posted a .300/.417/.550 slash line, which trumps the combined .233/.318/.404 slash line posted by his fellow teammates. His .097 OPS is significantly higher than the teams overall .721 as well, concluding that A-Rod is absolutely carrying the New York Yankees through their first six games.
Yes, Rodriguez has shown some signs of rust, as he has struck out in nine of his 20 at bats, but when he makes contact, he makes it count, as three of his six hits have gone for extra bases.
Do you think Alex Rodriguez can keep up this production and build off his dream start to the 2015 season? Let us know in the comments below.
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