Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson benched for Game 4 of ALCS

By Kevin Chan,

After rain forced Game 4 of the American League championship series (ALCS) to be postponed, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson are still out of the New York Yankees’ starting lineup.

Game 4 will be played in Detroit on Thursday.

The Detroit Tigers lead the Yankees 3-0 in the ALCS and are one win away from the World Series. The Yankees’ offensive struggles has forced Manager Joe Girardi to juggle his starting lineup in desperation.

This is the third time in nine postseason games that Rodriguez has been benched. He has struggled this postseason going 3 for 23 with no RBIs, according to the Associated Press. He has been worse against right-handed pitchers, going 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts.

Detroit’s entire playoff rotation at pitcher is right-handed, including Max Scherzer, who will start in Game 4.

Granderson joins Rodriguez on the bench. He has also struggled, going 3 for 29 with 15 strikeouts this postseason.

Rodriguez’s rocky play has raised questions about his future with the team. He is reportedly owned $114 million over the next five years. There are rumors that he could be traded, but there is a clause in his contract that prohibits a trade without his approval. According to CBS Sports, Rodriguez will not ask to be traded, but is also allegedly ready to move on from the team.

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