Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A few more eye-popping Papi numbers
For the past two games we’ve tried to put David Ortiz's World Series dominance (here and here), but here are more numbers that put his streak into proper perspective (some of which taken from Jayson Stark’s piece today):
* He's hitting .733 (11-for-15) in the World Series. His teammates are hitting .151 (22-for-146). Ponder that for a moment. Five games into this World Series, he still owns 33.3 percent of all his team's hits -- and that team happened to lead the major leagues in runs scored this year.
* He needs just one hit to tie the all-time record for most hits in a six-game World Series (12, shared by Billy Martin, Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor and Marquis Grissom).
* If the Series goes to a seventh game, Ortiz would need just two more hits to become the fourth man to get 13 hits in a seven-game World Series -- joining Bobby Richardson, Lou Brock and Marty Barrett.
* If this is a six-game Series, Ortiz would need to get on base twice Wednesday to tie Paul Molitor's record for most times reaching base (via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch) in a six-game World Series.
* Since he's coming off back-to-back three-hit games, if Ortiz gets three more hits Wednesday, he'd become just the second player ever to run off three straight games of three hits or more in one World Series. (The other: Lou Brock, in 1968.)
* The records for highest batting average in a World Series (.750, by Hatcher) and highest on-base percentage (.800, by Hatcher) are also within Big Papi's reach. As are the records in those categories for a Series of six games or longer (minimum 20 plate appearances): a .615 average (by Hideki Matsui in 2009) and a .700 OBP (by Barry Bonds in 2002).
* If the Red Sox win the World Series, it would give David Ortiz three World Series titles with the Red Sox -- and you don't see that much nowadays. According to Elias, he would be the first non-Yankee to win three rings with one team since Jim Palmer.