There are so many players that are coming up big for the Boston Red Sox in the postseason. That is simply what good teams do. They find different ways to win while the big-named sluggers consistently impress at the plate. Obviously, everything went right for the Red Sox in Game 1, but who will have to have an impact in order for Boston to win Game 2 of the World Series?
It is easy to say designated hitter David Ortiz is the impact player for the Red Sox in the second game of the series. Just because it is the easy choice does not make it any less right. If Boston wants to take a 2-0 lead on the road with them, “Big Papi” is going to have to come up big once again.
Ortiz is having a postseason for the ages. The crazy part about his performance is that it is not even the best of his career. In 2004, he hit .400 with five homers and 19 RBI as the Red Sox clinched their first of what they hope is three World Series in the past decade.
With that being said, he is still having a very good run in the playoffs considering his age. The 37-year-old is determined to prove that he still has what it takes to help his team despite being one of the older players on the active roster.
The obvious reason that Ortiz is the impact player for Game 2 is because of his bat. His ability to go yard at any point makes him a huge threat. It also makes the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitchers very nervous. However, one of the bigger reasons that Ortiz is someone that must step up again for the Red Sox is because the team simply feeds off of him. Every time he has a big hit –whether it is a home run or double– he electrifies the players around him.
It will be interesting to see how Ortiz handles Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, especially since he has never faced him before.