Alex Rodriguez knows a thing or two about hitting.
He won the 2009 World Series, multiple MVP awards, and hit 696 home runs over his successful career.
He was associated with the use of performance-enhancing drugs, yes, but there is no denying he was a force back in the day.
A-Rod has been working as an analyst for the playoffs, offering his extensive hitting knowledge to discuss some specific situations and how some batters can do to improve.
He took a shot at diagnosing San Diego Padres star Juan Soto’s recent woes at the plate.
In five games and 23 plate appearances in the 2022 postseason (including games against the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers) Soto is hitting .250/.318/.250 with no extra-base hits.
Soto Hasn’t Been Producing
Not only is he not hitting for power: he is not even getting on base consistently or working quality at-bats.
Granted, both the Mets and Dodgers have very good pitching staffs, but more is expected from Soto.
Here is a video of A-Rod detailing Soto’s current slump and offering some advice.
“We haven’t seen 2019 Postseason Juan Soto show up this October just yet. @AROD breaks down what approach he’d like to see from Soto at the plate for the rest of this series to get his bat going,” Fox Sports MLB tweeted, with a video of Rodriguez’s analysis.
We haven't seen 2019 Postseason Juan Soto show up this October just yet.@AROD breaks down what approach he'd like to see from Soto at the plate for the rest of this series to get his bat going ⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/b4ySwRJQPp
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 14, 2022
A-Rod says that 2019 postseason Soto (who hit five homers during the Washington Nationals’ World Series run) was aggressive and took advantage of mistakes, dictating the pace and outcome fo at-bats.
This version of Soto is passive, which can help him with walks, but perhaps too passive.
A-Rod even pointed out at a 3-1 fastball down the middle he just ignored, and that’s a great pitch to hit.
As long as he can start being more aggressive, Rodriguez says, he should get out of his slump eventually.