Mr. October? Rodriguez had better be

Still stuck on 599, Yankees slugger's homer slump hints at regular-season decline

Updated: August 4, 2010, 2:17 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Even with all eyes on him in August, it will always be about October with Alex Rodriguez.

What Rodriguez's endless chase for his 600th home run is exposing is who he is and how he will be judged from this point. It will be solely about what he does in the postseason, because he is no longer extra special in the regular season.

A-Rod still is a very good regular-season player -- maybe even great -- but not elite anymore. He is a borderline All-Star, not a starter.

He ...

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