Posted by jackbu
Wow, I'm not one to get annoyed or angry at people on here (I'm used to seeing some pretty silly posts), but you take the cake. What an ignorant, uninformed, slanderous opinion. How about some real analysis?
Last year, Ortiz hit .328/.401/.557 against teams under .500, and .290/.396/.551 against teams over .500, a negligible difference, and he put up 17 of his 29 homers against the latter teams. In 2010, he was .246/.361/.523 against under .500, and .285/.373/.533 against over .500 teams, and he drove in a whopping 66 runs against the latter group. He's actually been better the past two years against good teams than bad teams!
Meanwhile, here are his numbers against the Yankees and Rays the past two years:
Yankees '11: .282/.378/.577
Yankees '10: .300/.377/.433
Rays '11: .180/.288/.260
Rays '10: .351/.507/.789(!)
You're going to crucify him because he had a bad year against the Rays for one season (after murdering them the previous season) and because he had a slow September in which he still had a .396 OBP???
Can't hit against the Yankees and Rays? The past two years total his line against them is .282/.393/.525, and if you projected his counting numbers against them for a full season he would have 77 runs, 115 rbis, 51 2Bs, 31 HRs, and 112 BBs to go with 120 Ks. Those are the numbers of an All-Star and lesser MVP candidate.
Isn't productive against the division? Again, over the past two years his line against the division is .271/.382/.506, with a full season projection of 89 runs, 105 rbis, 45 2Bs, 31 HRs, and 108 BBs with 124 Ks. Again, that's an All-Star DH, which is what Ortiz is. Interestingly, his worst single season performance against a division opponent these past two years (other than last year against the Rays) was against the 2010 Orioles, and even then he put up some strong power numbers against them.
Grow up. Start using your brain. Or take your foolishness somewhere else.
Meanwhile, I'll take Ortiz all the way to the bank AND a championship (assuming the rest of the team keeps up with him).