After watching the first series of the season, I realized that it was a microcosm of everything that I believe about A-Rod. On the surface, he had a great series. He went 5 for 13, and had 5 RBIs, and a grand slam. He had an OBP of .467. Terriffic. Unfortunately, a closer look shows what really happened: He got 3 of his 5 hits and all of his RBIs in a game that the Yanks won by 13 runs. In the second game of the series (one that the Yanks lost by 1 run) he came to the plate with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs, and struck out (not that he was the only culprit there). Later in the game, he did get a single with Shef on second and two outs, but didn't drive in the run, and got thrown out on a baserunning error. (I'm guessing that he gets credit for a hit with a RISP, even though the run didn't score, and he made the 3rd out.) In his last 2 at bats, he struck out with a runner on 2nd, and grounded out with a runner on 2nd. In game three, he didn't get a hit, grounded into a DP, and struck out with a runner on 2nd.
Now I certainly recognize that this is only one series, and that there were plenty of other Yankees who failed to perform in key situations. My point here is that A-Rod consistently produces MVP numbers, but somehow still misses the mark. At the end of the season (or even at the mid-season point) we can look back and bring out all the statistics that show how great A-Rod is. However, the statistics don't always tell the story, and this series was to me a block of classic A-Rod: great numbers, little real impact. Fortunately, he has the rest of the season to prove me wrong.