12 – The number of homeruns hit by the New York Yankees (8-7) Alex Rodriguez this season, hitting two more against the Boston Red Sox (10-5) Friday night in a losing effort. That’s because the Yankees gave up 5 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after going into it with a 6-2 lead that he gave his team. Mariano Rivera now has blown both of his save opportunities this year, giving up three hits and two earned runs in 2/3 inning of work, ballooning his ERA to 8.44 with a WHIP of 1.50. He looked mediocre at best, and seemed to have used mainly his fastball that hovered around the mid-80 mph range.
Meanwhile, if A-Rod keeps this up, I’m going to have to consider changing this daily title to “A-Rod Stat Tracker.” After two more shots and 4 more RBI yesterday, he has now hit safely in all 15 games this year with a total of 12 homeruns and 30 RBI to go along with 20 runs – all major-league leads. He still has nine games to hit two more homers to reach Albert Pujols‘ record of 14 homeruns in the month of April. (God knows if he’ll reach that mark Saturday afternoon.)
Updates: Last year, it took A-Rod 46 games to hit 12 homeruns and is now on pace for 129 homers and 324 RBI.