Alex Rodriguez has been mired in a 2-16 slump during the 2012 ALDS vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Joe Girardi has seen enough, benching the slugger and giving the start to Eric Chavez. Of A-Rod’s 14 outs this ALDS, 9 of them have come via the strikeout – all against right handed pitching. The Baltimore Orioles are starting Jason Hammel, a right hander, in tonight’s deciding Game 5.
Manager Girardi has pinch hit for Rodriguez twice in this series, but this is the first 2012 postseason game that the third baseman won’t be starting. ”The man has a lot of pride and the man has accomplished a lot in his career,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it’s not easy. I mean, imagine if you’re in his shoes? Everyone wants to be in it. I always wanted to play, too. And I understood. It’s something he’ll have to deal with.”
Girardi has said that A-Rod would be an option to pinch hit at some point in the game, if the matchup looked favorable, likely against a left-hander. During the 2012 Regular Season, Chavez actually hit much better vs. Right Handed Pitching than Rodriguez. Chavez posted a .298 average to A-Rod’s .256, hitting six more homers in the process.