Rodriguez, who hit .314 with 54 home runs and 156 RBIs during the season, is 0-for-6 in this playoff series. He is an inexplicable 4-for-47 (.085) with no RBIs in his last 14 postseason games.Here's the problem: A-Rod is too convenient a fall guy here. The Yankees aren't down 0-2 because Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-6. The Yankees are down 0-2 because Chien-Ming Wang couldn't give them a good effort in game one, and because nobody did much of anything against Carmona in game two. That strikeout in the ninth was a nine pitch battle where he was struck out on a nasty pitch from Fausto.
"I'm pressing, but I've got to swing at strikes," Rodriguez said.
He is hitless in his last 28 postseason at-bats on the road, dating to last season. He had a chance to end the streak and drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, but struck out against Fausto Carmona.
"Me personally, I helped him out a few times," Rodriguez said. "I've got to stop swinging at bad pitches."
Manager Joe Torre pointed out that the Yankees had three hits in 11 innings, and eight hits in two games total. So it isn't only Rodriguez who is struggling. "You know, A-Rod's not the only one, you can't put it on A-Rod," Torre said. "Normally we're pretty good at manufacturing things, but not tonight."
I wonder if Joe Torre will bat Rodriguez eighth on Sunday.