Nation STATion: The David Ortiz 300

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Nation STATion: The David Ortiz 300

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Red Sox Nation should be really happy to get out of this weekend taking two-of-three from the Cubs after Jon Lester had an off night and the next two Sox starters were Alfredo Aceves and Tim Wakefield. It was a sloppy weekend of baseball and as far as Im concerned, once every 93 years playing the Cubs is quite sufficient for me.

So on a rainy Monday morning, I need sunshine and thats why Im thinking about David Ortiz. Baseball is filled with milestones, we love to celebrate round numbers, but I dont think we really gave enough respect and love to the fact the Big Papi now has 300 homers in a Red Sox uni.

Perhaps you dont realize that with all the greats in this teams history, only five players have gone deep 300 times for the Sox:

Player
HR
From
To
G
Ted Williams
521
1939
1960
2292
Carl Yastrzemski
45219611983
3308
Jim Rice
38219741989
2089
Dwight Evans
379197219902505David Ortiz
300200320111184
Ortiz has hit 358 homers in his career with the Twins and the Sox, but its hard to picture him not giving those post-homer props to those up above in anything other than in Boston garb. Right from the start, Papi had a flair for drama. His first homer for the Red Sox was against Mickey Callaway of the Angels on April 27, 2003 in the top of the 14th, the Sox won that, 6-4. And once he started going deep, he didnt stop.

Here are the Big Papi big homer seasons:

YearHR200654
20054720044120073520103220033120092820082320119

He, and we, know about his slow starts. Here are his monthly totals:

YearHR200654200547200441200735201032200331
Of the 300, he has made right-hand pitchers pay 237 times, while 63 have been hit against lefties. Hes hit 136 homers when he was ahead on the count, 128 when it was an even count (including 49 on the first pitch, his favorite pitch to homer), and 36 when he was behind on the count. Hes had five 3-0 count homers and just two 0-2 count homers. Hes hit 43 homers on a full count.

Ortiz has homered off of 209 pitchers. Here are his faves:

Roy Halladay
6
Seth McClung
4Matt Garza
4Gil Meche
4Josh Towers
4Kevin Milwood
4Scot Shields
3Pat Hentgen
3A.J. Burnett
3Ramon Ortiz
3Javier Vazquez
3Jeremy Guthrie
3James Shields
3Jon Lieber
3Dan haren
3Mike Mussina
3Joel Pineiro
3Ryan Franklin
3
He has pulled 156 homers to right field, hit 117 to the centerfield area, and 27 homers have gone to the opposite field.

He has homered off 25 different opponents:

TOR37
TBR33NYY31BAL28ANA22TEX21SEA18CHW16DET15OAK14CLE11MIN10KCR9ATL7PHI5FLA5MIL4CHC3ARI2SFG2LAD2WSN2COL1STL1NYM1
With 129 dingers coming against the AL East (43).

Papi has homered in 24 ballparks, 141 at home and 159 on the road:

Park
Fenway Park
141Sky Dome
24Tropicana Field
20Yankee Stadium
15Camden Yards
13Rangers Ballpark
12US Cellular Field
10Comerica Park
10Safeco Field
9Angel Stadium
7Turner Field
6Network Assoc
6Jacobs Field
5Yankee Stadium
4Kauffman Stadium
4Dolphon Stadium
3AT&T Park
2Citizens Park
2Wrigley Field
2Miller Park
1Metrodome1Nationals Park
1Busch Stadium
1Coors Field
1
Ortiz has hit 97 homers in innings 1-3, 116 homers in the 4th through 6th innings, and 87 from the 7th inning on:

Inning
150218329442540634730829921107
His homer count by inning is obviously affected by where Ortiz was hitting in the batting order. You can see why the 2nd inning has been his least productive home run inning by noting that only 40 of his homers have been when he has hit clean-up:

OrderHR3rd
1905th504th406th167th38th1
His 300 homers have produced 574 RBI. He has homered in 265 different Sox games:

Year Games
20032520043820053820064820073120082020092720102920119
With 35 two-homer games (116 RBI):

Year Games
2005920066200362007420083201032004320091
But Papi has never hit three homers in a game for the Sox, but 35 times Ortiz has hit homers in two consecutive games; the last time was September 27-28, 2007. And, 12 times, Ortiz has hit homers in three consecutive games; the last time was September 23-25, 2009.

He has endured homerless streaks and weve suffered with him:

Streak Start
End
Games
AB
2008-09-192009-05-19
381452011-04-03
2011-05-0124822008-08-162008-09-0619682007-05-102007-06-0319692009-09-292010-09-0516602010-08-202010-09-051560
But when he hits homers, he has a huge smile and we smile as well. Of his homers, 117 have put the Sox ahead in the game and 25 have tied the score.

These 300 homers, of course, dont include his 12 postseason homers, but they do include his walkoffs. Ortiz has 10 walkoff homers in his career. Ironically, his last homer for the Twins was a walkoff homer and there have been nine moments of unabashed joy as David Ortiz bashed a walkoff homer:

DateOppPitcher
Score
Inn
Out
RBI
2003-09-23BAL
Kurt Ainsworth
Tied 5-5
b10
0
1
2004-04-11TOR
Aquilino Lopez
Tied 4-4
b12
0
2
2005-06-02
BAL
B.J. Ryan
Down 4-3
b9
2
3
2005-09-06LAA
Scot Shields
Tied 2-2
b9
1
1
2006-06-11
TEXAkinori Otsuka
Down 4-2b9232006-06-24PHITom Gordon
Tied 3-3
b10122006-07-31CLEFausto Carmona
Down 8-6
b9132007-09-12TBDAlberto Reyes
Down 4-3
b9122009-08-26CHWTony Pena
Tied 2-2
b911
Well there you have it, a little sunshine on a rainy Monday morning. And if you want a little more, heres a great David Ortiz video that I posted on my daily national baseball column at Billy-Ball.com.

Thanks Big Papi, for 300 blasts (with many more to come).

Nation STATion uses www.Baseball-Reference.com for statistical support.

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. - A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game.

Not that the left-hander was complaining.

After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out.

Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game," Rodriguez said about the long wait. "I'll take it because we score more runs, I have a chance to win. If every inning's like that, I'll get out of the game after five."

Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs over eight innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

"Where he was with the pitch count, it'd be nice for him to go out there for the ninth inning given where he was and how well he was throwing the baseball," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But at that point you're up nine, probably about a 35-minute inning, didn't want to take any chances."

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece to power a Red Sox lineup that tallied 15 hits. Every player in Boston's starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine drove in runs.

Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.

Boston, which hasn't been swept in a four-game series since July 2015, trailed 3-2 before scoring 10 runs over the final five innings.

"It felt we had them on the run a little bit," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They get the lead and then we come back and take the lead again and you feel pretty good. But they were pretty persistent today."

Pinder went deep in the fourth, his fourth home run in eight games and fifth overall.

The A's committed three errors, giving them a major league-leading 42.

BRADLEY'S DEFENSIVE GEMS

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave the A's trouble with his running and defense. Betts scored twice from first base and also made a pair of strong defensive plays. He made a sliding catch on Mark Canha's sinking liner in the eighth and then slammed into the wall after catching Khris' Davis fly to end the inning.

"This place during the daytime plays very difficult," Farrell said. "What Mookie was able to do a couple times in right field, those aren't easy plays. To be able to stay with it, go up against the wall a couple of times, we played very good outfield defense here today."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Brock Holt continues to deal with lingering symptoms from vertigo and isn't yet ready to come off the disabled list, according to Farrell. Likewise, Boston plans to keep third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the minors to get consistent at-bats while recovering from a right knee sprain. ... Farrell said LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss Saturday, will start against Texas on Thursday.

Athletics: Yonder Alonso (sore left knee) sat out his fourth straight game but could be back in the lineup Tuesday when Oakland begins a two-game series against Miami. ... Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw on flat ground before making 15 pitches off the mound. The plan is for the former closer to throw 25 pitches on Wednesday. ... Melvin said the team has applied for an extension on Chris Bassitt's rehab assignment. Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (2-5) faces Texas on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Porcello has lost three of his last four decisions.

Athletics: Following an off day, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3) starts against Miami on Tuesday at the Coliseum. Hahn leads the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings at 0.19.

Sandoval goes 1-for-3, plays first game at third base for Pawtucket

Sandoval goes 1-for-3, plays first game at third base for Pawtucket


Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval played five innings at third base and went 1-for-3 (a single) in his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

Sandoval, coming back from a right knee sprain, had a hard-hit single up the middle in the PawSox' 5-3 victory in Buffalo. After DHing in his first start Friday night (0-for-3), Sandoval handled a pop-up and started a double play at third on Saturday.

Red Sox utility man Brock Holt was the DH for Pawtucket on Saturday in the 13th game of his rehab assignment as he comes back from vertigo. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.