Big Papi, meet Mendoza?
When you go to the fabulous baseball site, baseballreference.com, the players David Ortiz is compared to are: Lance Berkman, Richie Sexson, Paul Konerko, Derrek Lee and Mo Vaughn.
But at this juncture of the season, with Ortiz still in a slump of epic proportions, he just sunk to a new low. Ortiz, 0-for-2 in his first two at-bats today, is batting .199 on the season.
In baseball speak, anyone batting under .200 is below the Mendoza line. Mendoza was Mario Mendoza, who was clasically a light-hitting player, who played from 1974-82 and finished with a career average of .215.
Back then, the batting averages were in order in pretty much every major Sunday newspaper around the country and you would have to keep going down on the page to find Mendoza.
Anyway, the Papi situation is ongoing. He didn’t take any of the desired momentum from the big homer on Wednesday, other than the double two at-bats later.
In the last four games, including those first two ABs today, Ortiz is 1-for-13 with six strikeouts.