A-Rod, teammates struggling at plate

October, 20, 2010
10/20/10
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Has Alex Rodriguez reverted to his pre-2009 postseason form in this ALCS?

Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the Yankees’ 10-3 loss in Game 4. He’s now 2-for-15 with two total bases and six strikeouts in the ALCS.

Rodriguez, who grounded into a double play to end the fifth, wasn’t around to talk about it after the Yankees’ 10-3 loss, but his teammates brushed off any notion that they were pressing against the Rangers' pitching.

The Yankees went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and scored just one run in the two innings in which they had runners on first and second with none out.

As a team, the Yankees are hitting just .198 through four games against Texas, which is one of the biggest reasons they are trailing the Rangers, 3-1 in this ALCS.

“We’ve just run into some good pitching. Those guys have done a good job of executing a game plan against us and we haven’t done a good job of getting it going,” Brett Gardner, who is hitting .250, said after the Game 4 loss.

Robinson Cano has been the lone bright spot for the Yankees. He’s hitting .467 with seven hits in 17 at-bats. He has three homers, one double and four runs scored and is slugging 1.133 with a .500 on-base percentage.

Lance Berkman has the second-highest average at .286.

“At some point, you have to say ‘Hey they're making pitches when they have to make them,’ " Berkman said. “Clearly we’d like to score more runs and we’d like to be getting hits with those guys on.

“I don’t think we’re having horrible at-bats. We’re just not finding any holes.”

Berkman just missed a home run in the second. His towering shot to right was initially called fair by umpire Jim Reynolds but was ruled foul after a video replay. Berkman also hit a hard shot to Michael Young, who ended the eighth by forcing out Cano at second.

“We continue to get in situations when we get guys on and they’re making big pitches in those situations. That’s what it comes down too,” said Curtis Granderson, who is hitting just .182 after leading the team with a .455 batting average in the ALDS.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146