The knee-jerk answer: "It Certainly Seems That Way"
In addition to not getting any hits over the weekend in Tampa Bay (though he did reach base six times) and made it through April without hitting a ball over an outfield fence, Ortiz failed to get a hit in 22 consecutive plate appearances --
What? That skid was from August 16-21, 2004? I guess he was cooked as a hitter back then, too. Ortiz's current slash averages -- .222/.319/.333 -- are certainly poor, but he went through several month-long stretches with few home runs even when he was The Man:
3 in 27 games, May 16 to June 16, 2004There is concern -- and then there's overreaction. Saying Ortiz "certainly" seems "done" as a hitter is premature. He's not out of the woods yet, but last night in New York, Ortiz was on base four times in five trips to the plate, with two doubles down the right field line and two walks.
3 in 24 games, July 16 to August 10, 2005
4 in 27 games, May 3 to June 3, 2006
Jon Lester was not concerned about the consecutive pitches that Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit for home runs:
They weren't up, they were just middle. That was one thing that I was actually happy to see, cause most of the home runs I've given up this year have been pitches up and out over the middle of the plate. These were down, just balls that were mislocated. I can deal with that.Terry Francona thinks Julio Lugo's rusty glove and reflexes are due to coming back too quickly:
I don't think he's moving yet like he's gonna. ... I think putting him out there sometimes is a little unfair. I thought [Sunday] he got put in some situations where plays were hard for him to make.Jason Bay is 9-for-15 (.600) against the Yankees this season, with two homers and seven RBI. ... Kevin Youkilis left the game in the sixth because of a tight left lower back. ... Rocco Baldelli, who went 0-for-3 as Pawtucket's DH last night, may play in the outfield today. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the PawSox.