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? Mitch Talbot and the Cleveland Indians.
Career vs. the Indians: 29 home runs
Career at Progressive Field/Jacobs Field: 10
Vs. Mitch Talbot, Tonight's Starter: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Vs. Chris Perez: 1-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Vs. Rafael Perez: 0-3, 2 K's. (In postseason play: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Vs. Hector Ambriz: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 K
Vs. Jensen Lewis: 0-2, 2 K's
Vs. Joe Smith: 0-2, 1 K
Vs. Jess Todd: 1-1
Vs. Tony Sipp: 0-1
Vs. Frank Herrmann: 0-1
Has not faced Jeanmar Gomez
Analysis: It's official: I'm pulling for a homer tonight so I don't have to do another one of these posts when the Yankees play Tampa Bay tomorrow. All three of Rodriguez's plate appearances against Talbot came earlier this year at Yankee Stadium. He doesn't give up a lot of homers - 11 this year in 119 innings - so don't expect him to give one up. And of course, Rodriguez is still 3-16 with only one homer against the Indians pen in the regular season... so... looks like I'll be writing another one of these posts about Tampa Bay tomorrow.