We didn’t just go back in time seven years to the 2004 Boston Red Sox title run did we? …Could have fooled me.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz is mashing the ball, regardless of what park he is hitting in. He is quietly hitting .323 with 15 HR’s on the year. I’m not a big fan of the “On Pace” statistic because it’s nearly meaningless and doesn’t take countless variables into consideration, but he’s on pace for a .323, 40 HR year.
A random ESPN statistic that obviously very few pitchers know (because they continue to challenge Ortiz and lose): The highest slugging percentages vs. fastballs this year — Alfonso Soriano (.826), David Ortiz (.807), Granderson (.759). Translation: Starting pitchers need to lay off the heat to Ortiz and give him nothing but low and away breaking balls.