Despite the Yankees lackluster pitching of late, the high-powered Yankee offense continues to churn out runs, and no one at the level of Alex Rodriguez. With his two home runs last night in Tampa Bay, A-Rod has now tied the record set by Albert Pujols last year for the most number of home runs hit in the month of April – 14 – and there are still 7 more days to go before the calendar turns to May.
In short, this man is having the best month of April in the history of Major League Baseball. The best month of April EVER, and we are all witness.
While this may be bittersweet at the present time due to the Yankees overall record, there is no denying that A-Rod is locked, loaded, and able to carry his team until a healthy, effective pitching staff returns. Listening to Joe Girardi’s commentary last night, he has noticed a growing confidence within Alex when the third baseman steps to the plate, and this confidence is carrying over to all other areas of his game – namely, fielding and baserunning. Twice yesterday, A-Rod went for – and reached – an extra base that put the Yankees in a better position to score. The offensive onslaught is now helping him with the details of baseball, and what a complete player the Yankees have at third.
The pitching will return, I promise. In the meantime, let’s enjoy watching history unfold in Pinstripes over the next 7 days.