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MLB News: New York Yankees Pressure Aaron Rodriguez To Boost Offense; Luis Severino Maintains Boston Red Sox Debut Skills

( [email protected] ) Sep 08, 2015 01:07 PM EDT
The New York Yankees have been grappling for dominance in the Wild Card division of the MLB this season. With veteran Mark Teixeira possibly out for this MLB season, the New York Yankees have no other recourse but to rely heavily on the athletic prowess and skills of Aaron Rodriguez. However, some fans and followers of the MLB team question the capacity of Aaron Rodriguez to lead the New York Yankees to victory - a feat that the highly controversial baseball star has been attempting to accomplish throughout the season.
Luis Severino of the New York Yankees made his debut Wednesday night in the game against the Boston Red Sox. Wikimedia Commons/slgckgc

The New York Yankees have been grappling for dominance in the Wild Card division of the MLB this season. With veteran Mark Teixeira possibly out for this MLB season, the New York Yankees have no other recourse but to rely heavily on the athletic prowess and skills of Aaron Rodriguez. However, some fans and followers of the MLB team question the capacity of Aaron Rodriguez to lead the New York Yankees to victory - a feat that the highly controversial baseball star has been attempting to accomplish throughout the season.

"You look at what's happening in the stock market this week-up, down, people can't even sleep," shared Aaron Rodriguez in an interview with Ryan Hatch from the NJ Advance Media. The New York Yankees star added, "In many ways, we've been like that this week. But long term, I'm very bullish on the Yankees. I'm bullish on what we can do, and I'm bullish on what I can do."

Despite his confidence on the capacity of the New York Yankees team to make it to the playoffs this MLB season, it looks like Aaron Rodriguez continues to attract detractors who insist that the heyday of the baseball star has long passed. At 40 years old, the New York Yankees star is encouraged to hang his bat and retire from the sport. Citing the performance of Aaron Rodriguez during the start of the MLB season, Fred Katz of the Washington Post disclosed that the poor performance of the New York Yankees player could no longer be regarded as merely a temporary "slump" in his baseball career.

"Rodriguez hasn't hit any pitch particularly well since the start of last month," pointed out Katz, referring to the abysmal performance of the New York Yankees star during the start of the MLB season. He added, "The numbers against softer pitches aren't much different over that time span. The problem is that crushing fastballs was his strength for most of the season. It was what held his power numbers up and kept him getting on base. Now, it appears a weakness, and that's a steep drop from the greatness he showed through July."

While the ability of Alex Rodriguez to carry the New York Yankees to the MLB championship is highly debated upon, the skills of rookie Luis Severino have been widely commended in the league. Sharing via ESPN that he is "very excited to help the team," Luis Severino is touted to be the future of the New York Yankees. With the MLB rookie continuing with his impressive streak in the league since the start of the season, it would exciting to see how he will contribute to the New York Yankees in the team's upcoming game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

Tags : MLB, New York Yankees, Aaron Rodriguez, Luis Severino, toronto blue jays