New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) follows through his three-run homer against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Brox, NY 9/24/15
By Ryan Hatch
NEW YORK — After six home runs in the first two weeks of September, Yankees‘ slugger Alex Rodriguez’s bat has gone quiet the last eight games, picking up just two hits in 20 at-bats with none flying out of the yard.
Rodriguez went 0-for-3 Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. (Yanks won, 3-2.)
“It’s what hitters go through,” manager Joe Girardi said after the game. “That’s all part of being a hitter. You’re going to go through those types of times where you struggle, then you’re going to get three hits the next day and you forget about it.”
Rodriguez wasn’t available Thursday to reporters.
Typically in 2015, A-Rod has been rejuvenated after a few days off, which he received last weekend against the National League Mets. But all that’s come since that series is five strikeouts and one walk.
The only highlight in those eight games came Thursday when he scored on Carlos Beltran’s homer, giving him 2,000 runs for his career, eighth best all-time, passing Cap Anson.
“It’s an incredible number,” Girardi said.
The Yankees, of course, would not be where they are—4.5 games up in the American League Wild Card, 3.0 back in the AL East—without their designated hitter, but with 10 games left, they could use his bat that’s produced 32 home runs and 83 runs driven in.
The Yankees face two left-handed pitchers the next two days from the White Sox. He hits lefties well, 10 homers in 138 at-bats this season, so like Girardi said, maybe it’s just a matter of time.