A-Rod vs. The Prince: Who will Reign Supreme?

June 5, 2007 at 11:04 am 3 comments

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They play in separate leagues. They play across the baseball diamond from each other. They bat from different sides of the plate. One plays for a first place club, the other for a last place club. One makes $415K while the other is raking in over $27.7M and is possibly playing for a bigger contract. But the one thing they have in common is that they are both mashing like no other in the league. With 20 homers apiece, I present you with the case of:

Alex Rodriguez vs. Prince Fielder

New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is having a huge offensive season. He is tearing up American League pitching to the tune of .292/.390/.636 with an OPS of 1.027 in 209 at-bats over 55 games. That includes 47 RBI and 49 runs on 20 homers and 12 doubles with a BB/K ratio of 28/47 and 6 stolen bases. Most of his stats come from one month, April, in which he tied the home run record with 14, hit .355/.415/.882 with an OPS of 1.297, and drove in 34 runs. His May wasn’t as glamorous: .235/.361/.422 with an OPS of .782 and 5 homers and 11 RBI. But he is turning it around in June. So far in 4 games he is .286/.444/.571 with an OPS of 1.016, one homer, 2 RBI, 4 runs, and 3 walks.

Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder isn’t doing too shabby either. Much like A-Rod, Fielder had a killer month that counts for a lot of his stats. Fielder tore it up in May with a line of .321/.397/.755 and an OPS of 1.151 to go with his 13 homers and 28 RBI. His June is going well so far with a homer and a 5/0 BB/K ratio in 4 games. His 2007 numbers look like this: .294/.381/.633 with an OPS of 1.014 in 218 at-bats over 58 games. That includes 45 RBI and 37 runs on 20 homers and 14 doubles with a BB/K ratio of 27/44 but is 0 for 2 in the stolen base department.

When it’s all said and done they could both end up leading their respective leagues in homers. But only one, for now, is playing for a winning team. Who will reign supreme? Come October you will find out.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. MikeMcGinnis  |  June 5, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    jonathan do you not find it incredibly strange that with all the sluggers the DH and the explosive deeper lineups in the AL that it’s the NL with bonds,sosa,mcguire,luis gonzalez,andruw jones and ryan howard putting up the astronomical single season HR numbers over the past 8 years?

    you would figure the guys in the AL would be doing this more than the NL. see what i am saying here? any reasoning behind why this has gone down the way it has?

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 5, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Mark McGwire did the same thing. He said it was the pace of the game. It’s faster in the NL so you stay in a rhythm. Sounds like a good enough reason to me!

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  • 3. Trisha Patterson  |  June 18, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Fielder is totally getting overshadowed of course – its much tougher keeping your numbers up on a losing team vs. riding the momentum (granted A-Rod has had overall a good season) of a winning team. Plus the lessened pressure of expectations will help feilder whereas if A-Rod burps it gets reported in the NY press…

    i agree with the generally accepted NL vs. Al game pace, although when a big chunk of the yankees games last 3+hrs. its sort of a moot point!

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