Big Papi has always been one of the most feared hitters, especially in the clutch.
It used to be that it was a cardinal rule not to throw Ortiz a fastball, now he is getting fast balls right in the heart of the zone and he is swinging right through them.
Ortiz is batting a horrible .208 with 15 RBIs, but the eye popper is that Ortiz and I have both hit the same amount of home runs. Ortiz is homerless in 130 at-bats. I hate to say this but could Ortiz be a victim of the steroid era.
Remember, Ortiz was cut by the Twins after 2002. His best year before he came to Boston was a .272 batting average with 20 home runs and 75 RBI.
As soon as he came to Boston the numbers shot up a year later a .288 average with 31 homers and 101 RBI. Maybe the numbers went up because he was being protected with Manny in the lineup.
Ortiz could not stay healthy and was inconsistent with the Twins, looking back it is odd that the numbers shot up from 20-75 to 31-101 in virtually the same amount of games played (125 in 02 128 in 03).
Whatever it is whether it be the wrist or he is just approaching the declining stage of his career, when a young player is struggling people call it a slump, when it is an older player people say he is done.
Big Papi needs to get it going because the Red Sox need him.