A-Rod's childhood idol dissects A-Rod, says he could "bust out"

Cal Ripken Jr. says A-Rod could "bust out."

“The real issue is that he didn’t have a lot of reps down the stretch (of the regular season)," said Ripken, who works the studio for TBS. "Then he has to come out and face Verlander, Fister and Scherzer. His timing is off and if you watch him really closely, I think he’s getting out (in front) too soon. He’s not in a good position to hit the (inside) pitch. He’s recognizing pitches early but his body is leaking out further. It’s a simple fix…he could bust out. There’s not really anything to worry about right now.”