Big Papi's Flop
(BDD / Chris Speakman)
But Papi's Been Flopping
"In close and late situations, Ortiz has no home runs and three RBIs. Rookie Dustin Pedroia, who hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Angels, has two home runs in close and late situations.
"And Ortiz can hardly look to Ramírez to pick him up in those situations: Ramírez has two home runs, but is 8 for 50 (.160), .100 less than Ortiz. Pedroia has the highest average on the team in close and late situations, .372, with Jason Varitek just behind at .367. Four players, including Varitek, have knocked in as many as eight runs." -- 8.10.07, Gordon Edes, Boston Globe