Pwned.Because he was actually injured and unable to play. Vlad was healthy enough to play. Similarly, I'm going to label Guerrero's one postseason homer "lucky" just because it's convenient to my argument.
"Finesse plays a huge role in a hitters productivity." What does that nonsense even mean?
I didn't fail to address it--I found it laughable. A-Rod was in tiptop shape? How do you figure? NOBODY is in tiptop shape after a 162-game season--EVERYBODY is playing with some ailment by that point. That's just B.S. Was Vlad just too hurt all three years (convenient!), or maybe he just had some bad series against some great pitching?
No, just to stubborn people who still use batting average as their benchmark for hitting. Almost anyone can figure out that batting average doesn't take into account walks or extra bases on hits, which are very important when it comes to power hitters.
A-Rod's splits (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 2004
That is "tearing it up."
Mighty convenient "if you toss this out, because it doesn't fit my argument"--considering it's a third of his career postseason ABs.
Protection is great when it comes to team run production, but it really doesn't impact individual production nearly as much as you're making it out to be. If it did, why didn't it affect Vlad's numbers in the regular season? Protection or not, it doesn't change the fact that it was still Vlad who was standing at the plate making outs. And Ramirez and Ortiz are both great hitters regardless of who's hitting in front or behind them.
Again, Vlad's splits in the playoffs are .183/.258/.233. That's atrociously bad. A-Rod is far better career-wise (like 400 points higher in OPS). But keep spinning.