David Ortiz’s 2016 season has been electrifying.
Ortiz has been consistently great, posting a .408 on base percentage on the season. He’s had breakout moments, like his 4-for-4 performance on Sunday, which came just short of the cycle. He’s been clutch, as evidenced by a walk-off double in the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Astros on May 14. He’s been powerful, hitting 11 home runs. And he’s done it all despite seeing fewer pitches in the strike zone than in any season but one in his 15-year career.
Here are 10 reasons for pitchers to continue to avoid him.
- Ortiz is first in MLB with a 1.092 OPS (the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has the second-highest OPS at 1.060). Ortiz has a career .928 OPS, and if he can continue at this season’s pace, it will be the highest of his career.
- Ortiz has eight home runs in his last 20 games and 42 home runs in his last 134 games.
- Ortiz leads MLB with 19 doubles. The Astros’ Jose Altuve is second with 18. The Orioles’ Manny Machado and the Pirates’ Gregory Polanco are tied for third with 16.
- In his 36 at-bats in tie-game situations, Ortiz has a .389/.476/.833 slash line with three homers and 13 RBIs. His slash line for the season is .329/.408/.684.
- Ortiz’s OPS at Fenway Park is 1.241. His OPS against right-handed pitchers is 1.167.
- He is second in MLB with 37 RBIs. The Mariners’ Robinson Cano leads the MLB and AL with 39.
- In situations when the game’s score is separated by one run, Ortiz has five homers and 22 RBIs in 72 at-bats.
- Fourteen of his last 28 games have been multi-hit efforts.
- Ortiz’s 15.8 offensive rating ranks him atop the Red Sox and sixth in MLB, via FanGraphs.com. Mike Trout leads MLB with 20.
- In his 16 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position, Ortiz has a hitting line of .375/.474/.813 with six hits, one homer, and seven RBIs.