Re: Over/Under Ortiz Back to DL in 3 Months
posted at 4/24/2013 9:45 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
A big loss because the A's creamed Aceves, who had two balks to go with the walks and hits and then blamed the weather (a good point, but the weather didn't seem to affect Colon) and his teammates. Not playing Ortiz last night was borderline genius.
A big loss because the Red Sox lineup couldn't win a slugging contest in it's own homefield. In fact, they couldn't score a single run. It's not "borderline genius" to sit a 13 million dollar DH who is paid to slug, in a game where the Red Sox had no slugging at all.
As for Drew, he continues to play errorless ball at SS (Errorless ball at SS is little more than a sign that the SS has almost no range for what should be greatest range infielder on the team) while averaging more FC's (fielding chances) per game than Iglesias did (chances per game are a function of scoring and random probability) and also being in over twice as many double plays. (DP's are function of random probability and there are no stats that reflect the "tailor made" DP chances) He is much better at SS than Lugo with his erratic arm ever was. (In fact, Lugo has way more range, a stronger arm, and his arm was not "erratic" by virtue of plays he tried to make that S. Drew can't get near. Lugo was the wire to wire starting SS on the last AL winning title winning Red Sox team. S. Drew is a loser) His hitting stinks, but should come around. (His hitting is an embarrassment and it hasn't come around in years) No sin in preferring Iglesias, I hasten to add, but wrong to claim Drew is a disaster and that he can't hit. (Right to say that S. Drew can't hit and hasn't hit for years and is a 10 million dollar disaster, a bum who isn't any true defenive whiz SS and was brought in to get slugging from the defensive position of SS) In case you've forgotten, that concussion lingered quite a while, which severely truncated Drew's ST. (Excuses are like Obama, that's the same nonsense they used to try and apologize for Ellsbury in 2012. All season long, it's going to be "his spring training was truncated".
This thread was/is a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that so far Ortiz is hitting great--granted, a very small sample size--and better than we had any right to expect.
Ortiz is not "hitting great", he's got a slow bat and is punch and judy hitting in what was used to bash Iglesias. Since he's been in bed twice in the few days he's been back, his atomic sample size is even smaller.
Ortiz got that contract because he has consistently been the best hitter in the Sox lineup for literally years, including last year when his OPS was over 1000 and the rest of the team was well under 800.
So, if a guy is old and gets hurt, you pretend that he should get a big 2 year contract for what he last did in 2011, and you claim that an OPS for a season that was a half-season breadkown means his OPS was over 1000 for a full season. In reality, Ortiz was going to fall off the cliff had they not hid him on the DL for a large part of 2011.
He isn't just getting singles and doubles, he is smacking the ball hard on most of his at bats. The dingers will come, but in the meantime it's also good to see him hitting to all fields.
He's not "smacking the ball hard on most of his at bats", when he isn't back in bed. The "dingers" aren't coming for a full season, Ortiz is gong to be exposed with the DL or part-time status and big drop-off in slugging production in RBI's and HR over a full season. He's not capable of that anymore, despite your pipe dreaming.
Most Red Sox fans still wanted Papi around.
Most thought the contract 'given" to him was absurd, especially considering the injury.
Why does Stiffy insist upon telling us stuff any neophite RS fan knows???
He's clinging to something he MIGHT be proven 'right' on!!! HE'S DESPERATE for a 'win.'
A 'win' for Stiffy, is when he's proven 'right' about bashing a RS player.
Even with his gamble on rooting AGAINST Papi, and several other RS players, he's been PROVEN (empirically & statistically) WRONG as could be! Papi is already clicking on all cylinders. 8 games, right off the DL, & he's ONLY hitting .500. scoring & driving in runs. Key hits at key times in games. Helping the Sox win right out of the blocks. Stiffy??? "Why doesn't he have 8 HR's in 8 games?!?! What a failure!
D - Nozzle! Complete and utter! What a joke Stiffster is!
NEWS FLASH STIFFY!!!!!!! We all know he should not have been given a golden parachute 2 yr. contract, but because we LOVE THE GUY for all he has done for the Sox???? We're OVER IT! Now, we're simply rooting for him, because he's ONE OF US! If he needs to be sidelined? We're ok with that. Whatever helps this team win. You will never get that!!! You're no Sox fan!!!! You're a Stiffy fan!
Naps? The guy could not be ripping it any better!!! As I said he would. Perhaps the best contract the Sox have signed in years! AS I SAID IT WAS, the moment they reduced it to $5 M, 1 yr. YOU? You excoriated the 1 yr. , 5 Million! WHY? For more self-aggrandizement, when it hopefully went south. Again......... You root against Sox players consistently.
What a pathetic existence. Obsessively following a team you hate, simply so you can predict failure, then seize upon it. More often than not, you're wrong. You're existence is basically a failure. At least 75% of the time. Yet, you get through it by pathalogically claiming 'I was right.' Despite the facts.
I LOVE STIFFY!!!! :) It's always fun watching somebody who clings to a false reality when their rooting against your guys! Even more fun???? He doesn't even know he's wrong! EVER! LOL!!! :)
There's always one in the crowd! Billy-69 is a bonus!