A: NO but he makes 25 Million, hits in the 3 or 4 hole and is largely responsible for the ALCS loss in 2004 and the ALDS loss in 2005. Did he have company in the loser's lounge...sure. He was the MOST culpable based on expectationa and salary though. No one expects Posada to carry the team in the 6 or 7 hole. No one expects Cano to carry the team batting 8th or 9th.
0 Hrs and 0 rbis vs Jarrod Washburn and Paul Byrd and other "Cy Young" pitchers from the AL MVP making 25 million? You want to defend that and the garbage he pulled 2004 ALCS games 4-7 leading to the biggest choke in sports history, be my guest. You do not make 25 million to sit there claiming you had good games ALCS 1-3 and as such can excuse stinking up the joint in the next 4 games while your team, largely because of you, chokes at historical levels.
Largely responsible for the loss? I would say, if anything, it's Rivera, who blew those leads. You can pull the "expectations and salary" argument, but that doesn't work here. Rivera has the highest expectations of anyone in the game--everyone knows he's the postseason stud. And A-Rod might get paid more, but this moment right here is what Rivera is paid for. A-Rod is expected to have 3 bad games once in a while (every hitter does), but Rivera doesn't choke in October.
As for last year, A-Rod had something like a .440 OBP in that series with the Angels. He didn't have homers or RBIs because they kept walking him.
Oh, and Jeter's OBP and SLG go down in the playoffs from his regular season numbers. A-Rod's go up.