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.

First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

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First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field:

 

* When the guy who was 0-for-34 produces the go-ahead RBI, it's probably not your day.

The Red Sox and Rays were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Steven Souza Jr. singled to lead off the inning. That brought Mikie Mahtook, hitless in his last 34 at-bats to the plate.

Naturally, Mahtook roped a line-drive double to left field, scoring Souza all the way from first base. It was that kind of day for the Red Sox, who were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded five baserunners.

For a team that still leads the majors in runs scored, the Red Sox have shown an uncanny ability to go cold at the plate.

On Thursday afternoon, that happened again, while the most unlikely hero for Tampa Bay came through in an improbable spot.

 

* The Red Sox' struggles with the bases loaded is almost comical.

It happened again.

In the sixth inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no out. Mookie Betts then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring one run. Hanley Ramirez then walked, re-loading the bases, this time with one out.

But Jackie Bradley Jr. then swung at the first pitch and hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing 4-6-3 double play.

In two plate appearances with the bases loaded, the Sox failed to get a hit.

The Sox are hitting .216 with the bases loaded (24-for-111), ranking them 14th in the American League. Only Seattle and Detroit have had more bases-loaded opportunities, and yet the Red Sox rank in the second half in runs scored in such situations.

 

* Drew Pomeranz is showing no signs of innings fatigue

True, Pomeranz failed to provide a shutdown inning in the sixth after the Red Sox had gotten him a run in the top of the inning.

Still, Pomeranz pitched into the seventh and allowed just two runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

In his past five starts, he's compiled a 2.37 ERA, and both the power to his fastball and the sharpness to his curve offer no evidence that he's hit any sort of wall despite already establishing a career high at the major league level with five weeks remaining in the season.

     

 

 

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi (DL), Ortiz (day off) out

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi (DL), Ortiz (day off) out

David Ortiz and Andrew Benintendi are of of the lineup as the Red Sox close out their four-game series, and 11-game road trip, with a matinee (1:10 p.m.) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Benintendi was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He sustained a sprained knee while running the bases in the seventh inning of an eventual 11-inning loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. He had MRI Thursday morning and the Red Sox medical staff will review the results when the team returns to Boston. 

It’s a day off for Ortiz, who will be replaced at DH by Hanley Ramirez, who had the night off Wednesday. Travis Shaw starts at first base.

With Benintendi out, Chris Young, who came off the DL on Monday, will start in left field. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-9, 2.95 ERA) is on the mound for the Red Sox, who are trying to take three of four from the Rays to finish the trip 8-3. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (8-5, 3.63) starts for the Rays. 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez DH

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Chris Young LF

Aaron Hill 3B

Travis Shaw 1B

Bryan Holaday C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

 

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy SS

Logan Morrison DH

Scott Souza RF

Mike Mahtook LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP