Question of the day: Which slow starter will bust out?
Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-8 after the first two games, with an RBI groundout and a walk. It is a far cry from the 2006 ALDS against Detroit when then-manager Joe Torre dropped him to eighth in the Yankees lineup, but his bat is going to be needed by the Bronx Bombers -- especially against Justin Verlander in Game 3.
Tigers leadoff hitter Austin Jackson is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts. He did score what proved to be the decisive run in Detroit's 5-3 victory Sunday, after reaching on a throwing error, but he was nevertheless 0-for-5.
Adrian Beltre was named AL Player of the Month for September after batting .379 (36-for-95) with four doubles, 12 home runs, 29 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 23 games. It did not exactly carry over into the first two games of the postseason, as the Rangers third baseman is 1-for-7 with an RBI hit-by-pitch. Of course, Rays rookie Matt Moore shut down just about everyone in Game 1.
Sean Rodriguez is 0-for-8 for the Rays. Manager Joe Maddon put him at leadoff in the opener, and his 0-for-5 was one of the few weak spots in a big Rays victory. He batted sixth in Game 2 and went 0-for-3, leaving three runners on base. In last year's five-game ALDS against Texas, he was 2-for-10 with five strikeouts.
Today's question: Which ALDS batter is most likely to bust out after a slow start?
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