Sports Sunday: Lou Merloni 4-11-10
Michael Felger is joined by Lou Merloni as they discuss the struggles of David Ortiz, and the others options the Red Sox have in their lineup.
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Welcome back we've gotten -- Europe WEEI and Comcast sports that we'll start. With the negative and we like to fixate on the negative looked it up. David Ortiz still it's a disaster -- Dave Ortiz today Oprah for. Four strikeouts and out two of eighteen on the year yikes. -- Foster thing to me is watching David is after what you went through last year their first two months you would think one week of slumping. Wasn't a big deal but to me when I watched it looks like in his own mind the counters are set to meet when he fifth. It looks like -- he's already too much into this right now and I've seen in the last two or three days he's taking pitches he's getting deep into counts up thirty pitches again inning. But he's missing pitches that he should be hitting. That's just the bottom line in you know I could sit there all day and say the only working counts you witnessed in the big leagues when he gets there -- hit you have to hit a. What's odd is he's pressing or feeling the pressure or you know whatever cliche wanna put on -- snaps that the media after the second game he gets thrown out on Friday night. Today he looked just miserable and -- you know any of those things individually you say no big deal David always complains. To umpires Joyce has gotten he'll -- the -- every once in awhile and sometimes he has bad -- to put -- altogether combined with what happened last year right but he knows he's got to get off to better. -- this series they'll lose his job plain and simple yet figured that he's pressing up because of that but I also saw you saw a couple of pitches those calls third strikes. And I really do believe I am not blaming umpires on what's going on here right now. But three years ago all the umpires don't make that call David Ortiz a young like he's -- does not pro David Ortiz out of this and 300 with forty home runs. Right now he's struggling and and if he argues on six pitches over the last couple days I swear five and he's got a -- he's being called. Certain pitches out of the zone and always complaining things are snowballing on right now I am not blaming umps because there are times and at bats he's missing pitches. But I do believe sometimes that reputation you have walks up and play with you and I think right now it's not too good for David Ortiz. OK -- after we all talk about is the tuning. Mike -- and they are Michael at the lefties and David Ortiz the writing is exceptional but after watching Saturday I know some people are saying. One up play Varitek. Playing catch up. DH Victor Martinez and that takes care you're probably get Ortiz out a lineup pictures still in the lineup bad. -- Jason Varitek to hit the ball like he did the other they want to I don't think he will -- wife felt about Varitek going into the year. Great backup and it popped off the bench hit from both sides of the plate can still teach the cat -- pitcher is still work with the pitchers except up. A perfect back up in the small I don't wanna see about catching him. What I -- he was one of my surprise to me like I thought that limited production. I thought that he could actually produced better than he has the last couple years you know the first half of last year's team put up pretty decent numbers and things snowball the mother was injuries for the -- -- -- his body. But to keep this guy fresh. You know you manage -- right way this what you can keep Victor Martinez fresh you know giving him the day after the knights of the night what you did last night off before the big game. -- thinking get nice production out of that position if you catch him every day over over 323 -- season month period rather amateur which can get but everyone. Law a very productive back I agree with well technically -- some idea to get back it starts which is five. In less for the playoffs or less were in September they need every single game and Varitek at that point hitting two and then you wonder what's he doing and that but for now Lawton maybe back it hits is will be if that's what he really needs. Hop on the wall he doesn't -- retire after this -- -- believe it -- that you know. If things keep up this way the way it's going right now as far as playing time doesn't go -- -- I don't doubt it one bit and sometimes when players older players. When they get injured or they did in the -- it's reduced you know you don't have any thoughts of what do might -- on had a great careers that time to move -- if he was 2526. Yup they try to prove he's a RBI BA player. Yup they're trying to come back from injury proved himself but I think because of the situation he's in right now. These thoughts come through his mind he gets out there most of the team plays every day productive and hard to believe that -- You -- okay -- Red Sox Yankee games on average take about a half hour to an hour. Longer than any other games across Major League Baseball American League nationally good bad Red Sox Yankees. Are demonstrably. -- longer. And Joe west calls at a disgrace to baseball you respond -- why. I don't agree one bit and Joe needs to realize the Boston Red Sox me look at the bottom third of this order in good drew cameras could really take pitches. That's why these teams are good -- a better teams in the league for a reason because they make pitchers work. You're gonna have long games were part of sit there and complain about. The other leg of its a good game I think is embarrassing to the umpire Joe west -- never been ones too excited to be in the field anyway in the first place and I said yesterday. The reason why he gets mad because that's kind of respect that hotel room room service. Football ball. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is among the slowest about these slowest pitcher. In Major League Baseball was another little anoint them I would Josh Beckett has have the right catcher and acted in a 100% perfect health takes time out there except except -- Why does -- it takes a long. What beat some guys are very deliver an amount I mean that's just went there are some guys are -- and others John Lackey is -- don't like that well what do we do like to quickly -- -- in the city wants mixer at the right picks the right frame of mind. You know people complain all terrible -- -- of the pitchers and and placed -- it's part of the game trying to get his guys -- Okay here's the board of the week ahead of Minnesota open up that ballpark in Minneapolis and it's an off day and we come back and it's Tampa Bay that's my thing in the AL east.