Posts Tagged ‘David Ortiz’

Keys to the Game: Red Sox V Blue Jays, September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

After losing two straight series last week and relinquishing first place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox hope a trip north of the boarder will get them back to their winning ways. It will help that their Ace, Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.54 ERA) will take the hill this Labor Day. While Beckett’s career ERA against Toronto is a monstrous 6.57, he only allowed run earlier this year against the Blue Jays and is seeking his fourth straight victory. Toronto will counter with Rookie Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.52 ERA), who earned his first Major League win by pitching eight shutout innings in his last start. Compare today’s starting pitchers over their last five starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Both clubs boast powerful Dominican sluggers.  Toronto’s Jose Bautista is leading the Majors with 40 Home Runs, his second consecutive 40 Home Run season, and his incredible 8.0 WAR is the highest in the Majors.  Meanwhile, Boston’s DH, David Ortiz, has been on an absolute tear in his last 11 games, hitting .462 with four Home Runs.  Check out Bautista’s and Ortiz’s numbers since August 24th.

RBIs (Blue), Home Runs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Will Bautista be able to pad his MVP caliber stats against Beckett or will Ortiz and the rest of the Red Sox’s big bats rock the rookie at the Rogers Centre?

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Keys to the Game: Rangers Vs Red Sox, September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Tonight two of the top teams in the American League will square off in a potential postseason preview when the Texas Rangers open a three game set at Fenway Park.  While Texas is 4-3 against the Red Sox this season, Boston has won the last three games by a combined score of 30-7.  Both clubs have potent offenses as the Red Sox and Rangers are first and second in the Majors in team batting average with .280, and .275 respectively.  Compare the numbers of Boston’s top four sluggers of David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury with Texas’ fearsome foursome of Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

RBIs(Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & HRs (Green)

Tonight’s pitching match-up features two talented young arms. Boston will send Andrew Miller (7-, 4.42) to the mound and Texas will counter with Derek Holland (12-5, 4.30).  Check out their numbers over their last 5 starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Can Boston sustain their recent slugging shellacking of the Rangers? Or will Holland, who is leading the American League with four Shutouts this season, be able to fasten the floodgate at Fenway?

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Papi’s Back!

August 24, 2011

Red Sox All-Star slugger, David Ortiz, returned to the active roster during this week’s series against the Rangers. The Red Sox are hoping Ortiz, who has been on the disabled list for nine games, will help the team clench the lead in the AL East.With him back, the Red Sox are down just one member of their starting line-up. Kevin Youkilis is expected to return on September 2nd. Take a look at how the Red Sox compare to the Texas Rangers for this series.

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs Rangers, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

After Scoring 11 Runs last night in their 11-5 victory, the Red Sox will get one of their biggest bats back off of the DL tonight. Boston’s DH David Ortiz (.300 Batting Average and 24 Home Runs) is in the lineup tonight for the first time in 10 days.  Compare Ortiz’s production this season with Ranger’s DH Ian Kinsler.

RBIs (Blue) & Home Runs (Orange)

Ortiz and the rest of the high powered Red Sox offense will face Ranger’s Lefty Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.23 ERA), who has been dominant in his last six starts in Arlington going 4-0, with a 2.16 ERA and a phenomenal Strikeout to Walk ratio of 10.66.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Josh Beckett (10-5, 2.46 ERA) gets the call for the Red Sox tonight.  Beckett has struggled against Texas in his career going 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA and allowing six Home Runs in seven starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

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Desert Derby

July 11, 2011

Tonight is the League’s annual showcase of the Long Ball.  This year’s participants were chosen by American League Captain and 2010 Home-Run Derby Champion, David Ortiz and National League Captain and the 2009 Derby Champion, Prince Fielder.  Ortiz chose an all AL East squad of his Boston teammate Adrian Gonzalez, New York’s Robinson Cano, and the Major League leader in Home Runs (31) Toronto’s Jose Bautista.  Matt Holliday of St Louis, Matt Kemp of Los Angeles and Fielder’s Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks will represent the National League.  While a few of the Major League’s most productive sluggers are absent, particularly the Yankee’s duo of Curtis Granderson (25) and Mark Teixeira (25), the eight participants tonight are no offensive slouches.

Home Runs (Blue), Hits (Orange), RBIs (Green)

Bautista has been putting up stellar offensive number in the Rogers Centre and on the road, leading the Majors in both home and road home runs.  Interestingly, the Boston duo of Ortiz and Gonzalez have been more offensively productive outside of Fenway Park so for in 2011.

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The great news for the participates, and the fans, is that Chase Field is one of the most hitter friendly parks in the Majors with a Home-Run Park Factor of 1.293.  Hopefully for the fan’s sake, sorry participates, Chase Field’s retraceable roof stays open tonight for the contest so we can see many balls soar into the stands.

See how the sluggers are hitting

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