Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Line of the Day: David Ortiz: August 8th, 2011

David Ortiz went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins. In 42 career games against the Twins, he's hitting .327 with 11 homers and 31 RBI. (video recap)

Line: 5 AB | 3 R | 4 H | 3 RBI; 2B | HR

My fantasy perspective: Ortiz has put up a standard 5x5 line of .295/62/22/74/1 and is on pace for a .295/88/31/105/1 season. Not bad for a player drafted, on average, 135th in ESPN leagues, 156th in Yahoo! leagues and 127th in CBS leagues. He's currently ranked 43rd overall according to ESPN's Player Rater tool.

At 35 years of age, it's amazing to see his K% drop to a career-low of 12.9%. To put that in perspective, his K% in 1997 was 37.3% and 48% in 1999 (small sample size). He's still striking out much lass than his 18.4% career rate.

Question: Do the Red Sox owe it to "Big Papi" to reward him with the two-year contract he's seeking after this season or do they simply let him walk away as a free agent?

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