Re: Has anyone seen
posted at 9/28/2013 1:05 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
At no time did I ever say that Ortiz wasn't going to do "an excellent job this year", or that he shouldn't have been signed as a FA through this year.
He has started and finished less than 120 games this year, which has been important. His PA are down with his overall production levels, from his median averages. Rested more, he's been able to hold up for 2013.
As for the playoffs, 4 years removed from his 2009 playoff performance is not a good harbinger. We'll see.
The Red Sox need to be planning for life without Ortiz, after failing to plan for life without Manny, and that won't come from resigning FA like Ellsbury and multi-year deals for 1B/DH like Napoli.
Guess thats the most I could expect from you. Yes, Ortiz has been injured a bit this year, but he has played in 136 games, and thats not bad-especially when you consider that he has 30 HRs and 103 RBIs in those games despite being avoided by many pitchers because the guy batting behind him, Napoli, was an automatic out for a good part of the season.
I don't expect ANY of the players to produce the numbers they did during the regular season because in the playoffs you are playing the best teams and generally seeing their #1-3 SP in every game. So assessing how a player performs has to take into consideration that context. Our pitchers have to be exceptional and our position players have to scrape enough runs up if we are going to win a ring. Thats just the way it works in the playoffs: pitching trumps hitting. And of course the Sox need to plan for life without Ortiz. That will happen soon. Signing guys like Ellsbury and Napoli who carry with them a high potential for injury is not the way to do it unless they are offered incentive laden contracts, and in Ellsbury's case for less than five years. No need for the team to assume the risk these players' histories carry.