The Stat Line of the Night — 7/12/10 — David Ortiz
He is known affectionately as “Big Papi” around the league, but David Ortiz’s bat was anything but big to start the season. In fact, in April his offensive numbers were so bad that there were rumors he might be traded. Fast forward to last night and things had completely changed. After that abysmal April Ortiz had gone on to hit 10 home runs in May and another 6 in June to put his total going into the All-Star break at 18.
Due to his huge bat, Ortiz was invited to take part in the Home Run Derby. He has participated in the past with very little success, but this year was different. Ortiz looked strong in each round. He hit 8 home runs in the first round, 13 home runs in the second round, and 11 in the final round to overcome Hanley Ramirez and the rest of the field. His combined total was 12,975 feet worth of home runs, which is about 2.5 miles worth. Also, his 32 home runs ranks him 3rd on the all-time list for most total homers in one derby behind Abreu’s 41 and Hamilton’s 35.
The Red Sox are 3rd in a 3-horse race for the top of the AL East right now. After the break they play a tough schedule but they will not be able to take any games off. Ortiz’s hot power bat will have to be clicking on all cylinders for them to make the playoffs. If his Derby performance is any indication, though, that should not be a problem. Oh, and he grabs “The Stat Line of the Night” for last night.