Boston Red Sox Show Power Despite Absence Of David Ortiz
Without David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox lineup doesn’t look as good as the Boston faithful might hope. Ortiz played in Pawtucket on Thursday night and should return to the lineup soon, however, the boys of summer showed some power in his absence.
Boston is 13th in MLB in home runs with 11, seven behind first place Oakland Athletics, but just four behind the 15 from the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies.
Middlebrooks leads the team with four home runs, and he has been expected to produce the power this season, his second in the Major Leagues.
Second on the team, surprisingly, is the three from Daniel Nava. He hit a three run homer to win the game against the Baltimore Orioles on the home opener as well.
Next is Mike Napoli with two dingers, both in Toronto, and then a lot of one home run personnel; Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The lack of home runs comes from Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes in the lineup. Stephen Drew has been back for just two games and has none, nor does backup catcher David Ross or outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Once Ortiz returns, the lineup will look very different. Middlebrooks and Napoli will get some protection, Drew and Salty will see some more pitches to hit and Ortiz brings his own power to the lineup. And don’t expect Middlebrooks to slow down any time soon, when he has hit the ball it has been long and hard.
Ortiz should be back next week. How much power will this team put up then?