Jockbeat: A-Rod Edging Past Mr. October

"You want a comparison?" writes Mike Lupica in today's Daily News about Alex Rodriguez's 2009 postseason. "All of a sudden he is the Yankee version of Ryan Howard."

Wrong comparison, Mike. What Alex Rodriguez has been in the postseason, from the very beginning, is Reggie Jackson. Here are their numbers after 46 postseason games.

Reggie: hits 49, at-bats 164, homers 12, rbi 30, runs 27, ba .299, on-base .376, slugging .560

A-Rod: hits 52, at-bats 174, homers 12, rbi 28, runs 30, ba .299, on-base .388, slugging .563

Looks like a horse race to us, with a slight lead for A-Rod going into tonight's potential clincher against the Angels. If Rodriguez pulls ahead, don't be surprised to see Reggie come put of retirement and DH next year.

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