Re: Ortiz, Should he stay or should he go?
posted at 10/27/2011 12:39 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ortiz, Should he stay or should he go?
[QUOTE]Ok, let's stick to the facts then. Ortiz had one homer in September and just a few hits. He was terrible after the all star break. Tito kept him in the line up during his hitless streaks, and there are reports that Ortiz ignored tito's requests to skip the home run derby, two years in a row. Down the stretch Ortiz was unable to produce, and not able to lift the team. Ortiz went 1 for 13 his last post season appearance.
Posted by jackbu[/QUOTE]
If you're going to stick to the facts, then how about some facts. The only correct fact you had was that he had just one HR in September. And I'll had another fact that's more important. He had just eight RBIs in the final month. Like a lot of the team, he had struggled with clutch hits that last month -- there's no doubt about it. You should have quit while you were ahead.
Terrible after the All-Star break?
First half: 87 G, 19 HR, 55 RBI, .304 BA, .965 OPS
2nd half: 59 G, 10 HR, 41 RBI, .315 BA, .936 OPS
Gee -- everybody should be so terrible.
He batted .411 in August (2nd half of the season) with 8 HR, 20 RBIs. In July, although he batted just .253 (low but respectable) with just three homers, he still had 20 RBIs (anything over 15 RBIs in a month is a great month). Even in September when his production was down, he batted a solid .287.
Tito kept him in the lineup during hitless streaks? Really? When? Exactly when was it during the season was Ortiz slumping bad enough that he should have been sat down?
Ortiz's longest stretch w/o a hit, excluding the NL road games when he was mostly a PH, was three games and he had that stretch just twice -- mid-April and late July.
And what reports that Tito wanted him to skip the HR Derby? That's not a fact -- it's called a rumor.