Until Alex Rodriguez hits hits 600 home runs, we'll be baseballreference.com-ing his batter vs. pitcher history against his opposition for the night. Tonight? Sean O'Sullivanand the Kansas City Royals.
Conclusion: Rodriguez faced O'Sullivan earlier this year when he was still a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, and didn't do too badly in that game, we'll see how he fares in his first start as a Royal. Rob Tejeda, who gave up a homer to Rodriguez earlier in the series, got him out in one plate appearance yesterday, but A-Rod's stats against the bullpen still are pretty excessively great. Kyle Farnsworth pitched yesterday and looked pretty good, but, again, I point that as a Yankees fan, Iam familiar with Farnsworth, and therefore am well aware of how likely it is that if he has to pitch against Rodriguez, there is no doubt in my mind that Rodriguez will hit a home run.
If A-Rod can't hit a homer today, he'll have to head on the road until August 2nd. He has 28 more home runs in Yankee Stadium than anywhere else in the league - it would be nice to see him get the milestone at home.