Re: If Ortiz Doesn't Reach 100 RBIs, It's Because ...
posted at 9/17/2013 4:11 PM EDT
In response to soxdawg08's comment:
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
plus the fact he missed something like the first 3 weeks of the season
one of the most amazing stats to me is
the yr maris hit 61 he was never int walked
Those games missed certainly is a factor. But he also finished with 15 RBIs in April, just two off a 100-RBI pace when you figure you need 17 RBIs a month to reach 100 RBIs (17 for four, 16 for two) so he was only an RBI or two off the pace when the month ended.
Sure, considering how hot he was early, he might have had more RBIs had he played those games, but once the month ended and he was close to a 100-RBI pace, the games he missed were less of an issue.
The bigger point is how being intentionally walked has affected his RBI totals, even if he does reach 100.
Add to that the fact that he lost several base hits to that ridiculous full shift teams employed against him.
Yeah, but I don't think that cost him RBIs. When the Sox have runners in scoring position, teams don't shift. They might shift if if there's a runner on first, but that runner isn't going to score from first on a ground ball single that might have gone through w/o the shift.