Big Papi, Big Hit!
It’s very rare that you see the Red Sox go on such an extended losing streak and especially after winning the World Series last season. Without Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury, this is a different team. One player that remains cemented in Boston is Big Papi, David Ortiz.
Ortiz is known for his overall production with the bat, his clubhouse leadership, and clutch hitting. In game 1 of this series, Ortiz came through for the BoSox when they needed it most.
He hit a 3 run home run in the 6th inning yesterday to tie the game up and gave Boston the lead in the 7th inning with a sacrifice run batted in. There have been talks of PED’s and Ortiz getting older, but he manages to be a clutch and consistent hitter for Boston.
On the season, Ortiz is hitting .270 with 12 HR and 29 RBI. He might be slowing down a bit, but there’s no doubt that his home run in the 6th inning might have saved the season for Boston and we’re not even finished with the month of May.
Look for Boston to build off of Monday’s emotional victory. Prior to Monday’s game, Ortiz had been hitting 4 for 34 and Dustin Pedroia had been slumping as well.
When you see the definition of a journeyman in the dictionary, Aaron Harang’s (4-4, 3.22) picture is shown. He’s had some good years and some bad years and consistency has been the weakness to his game.
This season is a good example of this. In his first 5 starts of the season, Harang is 3-1 with an 0.85 ERA. In his last 5 starts, he’s 1-3 with a 6.11 ERA. Boston caught the big man at the right time, but they’ll need to turn this game into a high scoring affair as Jon Lester is coming off of an awful outing in which he allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in just 6 innings against Toronto.
The Braves rank near the bottom of almost every statistical category in the league but have some individual good hitters. Justin Upton is starting to get hot as of late he nears .300. In the last week, he’s 10 for 25 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. At home this season, Upton is hitting an amazing .381 with 10 HR and 26 RBI. The Braves would like him to be a more balanced player, but this is a player with a major upside.
Boston’s comeback yesterday was a fluke. The Braves are the better team and in a better spot in this game. Take Atlanta to win.
MLB Free Pick: Atlanta -102 at 5 Dimes