In terms of excitement and pressure packed moments, this ALCS 2013 has been one of the best in recent memory. The Detroit Tigers have a starting rotation that if they weren’t getting attention before, they are certainly getting it now. The fact that the Boston Red Sox have somehow managed to win three games in this series is nothing short of a miracle.
Boston’s offense has not hit at all and up until Game 5 had barely held the lead in any innings throughout the series. As a matter of fact, if you looked at the anemic batting averages of the Red Sox and you didn’t know the results of the games, you probably would think Detroit would have already swept them by now. Boston needs to get the bats going for the rest of the series and that falls a lot on David Ortiz.
Ortiz has not hit much at all in this ALCS other than his unforgettable grand slam in Game 2. In terms of this entire postseason, he is only batting .219. Usually when your big bat goes cold in October, you aren’t going to be in the postseason for long. Fortunately, Mike Napoli appears to have gotten hot at exactly the right moment and that is helping Boston’s offense. Still, Ortiz has been their most reliable power source in the lineup, and with one and potentially two big games coming up against two great pitchers, Ortiz needs to get his swing back very soon.
Detroit’s pitching has been like a buzz-saw so it is understandable that Boston was going to struggle a bit. However, good pitching always beats good hitting, and it feels sometimes as though Ortiz is getting completely over-matched or he is trying way too hard to do too much and it shows in the lack of performance. Perhaps being back in the friendly confines of Fenway Park will be good for him.
Going back to a previous article, I wrote that according to a statistic by Fangraphs, David Ortiz was not considered the greatest clutch hitter in Boston Red Sox history. I said I would reveal who actually was, according to that stat. Believe it or not, it is the current announcer and outstanding former second baseman, Jerry Remy. Surprised? Remy was one heck of a player if you ever saw him, but I had no idea he was that clutch. Perhaps the RemDawg can send some clutch karma to Boston as soon as possible.