They play in separate leagues. They play across the baseball diamond from each other. They bat from different sides of the plate. One plays for a first place club, the other for a last place club. One makes $415K while the other is raking in over $27.7M and is possibly playing for a bigger contract. But the one thing they have in common is that they are both mashing like no other in the league. With 20 homers apiece, I present you with the case of:
Alex Rodriguez vs. Prince Fielder
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is having a huge offensive season. He is tearing up American League pitching to the tune of .292/.390/.636 with an OPS of 1.027 in 209 at-bats over 55 games. That includes 47 RBI and 49 runs on 20 homers and 12 doubles with a BB/K ratio of 28/47 and 6 stolen bases. Most of his stats come from one month, April, in which he tied the home run record with 14, hit .355/.415/.882 with an OPS of 1.297, and drove in 34 runs. His May wasn’t as glamorous: .235/.361/.422 with an OPS of .782 and 5 homers and 11 RBI. But he is turning it around in June. So far in 4 games he is .286/.444/.571 with an OPS of 1.016, one homer, 2 RBI, 4 runs, and 3 walks.
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder isnâ€™t doing too shabby either. Much like A-Rod, Fielder had a killer month that counts for a lot of his stats. Fielder tore it up in May with a line of .321/.397/.755 and an OPS of 1.151 to go with his 13 homers and 28 RBI. His June is going well so far with a homer and a 5/0 BB/K ratio in 4 games. His 2007 numbers look like this: .294/.381/.633 with an OPS of 1.014 in 218 at-bats over 58 games. That includes 45 RBI and 37 runs on 20 homers and 14 doubles with a BB/K ratio of 27/44 but is 0 for 2 in the stolen base department.
When it’s all said and done they could both end up leading their respective leagues in homers. But only one, for now, is playing for a winning team. Who will reign supreme? Come October you will find out.
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