Alex Rodriguez off to strange start 

April, 23, 2012

Watching New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez struggle with Boston Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront on Saturday, I was struck by how the future Hall of Famer -- and it's not Doubront -- didn't have great at-bats. He grounded out in the first and fourth innings and struck out swinging in the sixth. Of course, Rodriguez's teammates weren't exactly pounding Doubront, either. That came later against the beleaguered Boston bullpen.

Still, without looking closer at Rodriguez's numbers, it was easy to presume he was off to a slow start this season because he used to feast on southpaw pitching. While a slow start isn't validated by fantasy owners complaining about him -- and they are -- it did seem to me that a closer look was warranted. So, I took a look and wow, even in a small sample size, these splits are quite interesting.