2013 World Series: David Ortiz Can't Do This Alone

By Carter Roane
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox currently have a 3-2 series edge over the St.Louis Cardinals in this 2013 World Series. What is remarkable is how the Red Sox are winning. They have had pitching that has been absolutely incredible. It has needed to be, especially, because the offense has been horrible, other than David Ortiz who incredibly is hitting about .733 and hasn’t struck out.

It seems like almost the entire lineup has gone cold at exactly the same time. This has been a monumental team slump, and yet Boston was able to take two out of three against St.Louis in an NL park with Mike Napoli on the bench.

You can tell that Ortiz was getting frustrated with the ineptitude of the rest of his teammates. In Game 5 when he got a double, he was trying to get his teammates fired up from second base. After he scored the tying run, he gathered the troops together and tried to get them inspired to hit better.

Just the fact that Ortiz was sent from third base with the tying run says a lot about how bad the offense has been. Normally in that situation, Ortiz would never have been sent. However, with Boston not hitting and needing to take advantage of any scoring situation they could, there was no other choice. Luckily, it worked out for the Red Sox.

At least Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ross have gotten some timely hits and been able to produce some runs when they mattered. Now that the series is heading back to Boston, maybe being back in Fenway will get the offense going and be able to put up a few crooked numbers which would be a huge relief. If Boston doesn’t win this series, this offense could be wearing it for a long, long time.

Someone help Ortiz; he can’t keep doing this by himself.

Carter Roane is a Boston Red Sox writer for Rantsports.com.Follow him on Twitter@CarterGRoane, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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