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David Ortiz extends hitting streak to 25 games with homer

May 5, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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If one were to only look at his stats, one would never guess that David Ortiz has been suffering from an Achilles injury on his right foot. The injury knocked Ortiz out of 70 games last season and knocked him out of the first three weeks of the 2013 season. Since returning on April 20, however, Ortiz has logged a hit in all 13 games, including today when he extended his overall streak — which extends back to July 2 last year — with a two-run home run off of Yu Darvish in the first inning.

Ortiz entered the afternoon with a .447/.471/.809 line and was hitting .442/.524/.733 during the 24-game stretch. Now 37 years old, not even a severe foot injury can slow Ortiz down.

  1. okwhitefalcon - May 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    “Now 37 years old, not even a severe foot injury can slow Ortiz down.”

    Interleague at an NL park will bring him to a screeching halt.

  2. Stiller43 - May 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Is he still injured? Didnt he hurt it, take time off to heal, then come back? In that case, the injury didnt slow him down, it downright stopped him.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Very impressive and quite surprising given all the negative news about his heels during spring training. He has been superb since his return to the lineup.

  4. tfbuckfutter - May 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Let’s focus on the positive instead of looking at the fact that the team got swept by the first legitimate team* they have played this season.

    And struck out 16 times today.

    *We’ll see if the Yanks, Royals, A’s, and Orioles are actually in it for the long haul.

    • aceshigh11 - May 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      The Yankees, As and Orioles are absolutely legitimate.

      Even a great team is capable of being swept by another great team during the course of a season.

      I fully expect the bubble to burst on the Red Sox’ strong start at some point, but they’ve already shown more grit and determination in one month this year than they showed in the past two seasons combined.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        I agree with pretty much everything you said.

        The start has been surprising, but them keeping it up all season would be far more so.

  5. aceshigh11 - May 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    *insert tired comment from deathmonkey41 about Dominican milkshakes and beat that dead horse some more*

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      2nd best display of hitting at 37 years of age in the history of the game? Might be the best ever if Barry Bonds never existed. Not suspicious at all. Not given the history. That epic long list of H’oFers who were nowhere close to being this productive at 37 just shows how lacking they really were.

      • jwbiii - May 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Since Ortiz has only played in 25 games, wouldn’t it be better to look and see whether any 37 year olds have had better months? Or do you believe that Miguel Cabrera will drive in 200 runs and Clay Buchholz will win 30 games?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        How’s about I just take his last 100 games and you tell me any player in the history of baseball who has a wRC+ of something near 180 at his age.

        I’m saying that in his last 100, only one man has ever been as dominant at that age….ever. And it’s Bonds.

        Nobody else in the long history of baseball, just these two guys.
        Why shouldn’t anyone be skeptical? Or is 100 games too small a sample for you?

      • jwbiii - May 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM
        .                    Years      PAs  wRC+
        Barry Bonds         2001-02   1,276   239			
        Babe Ruth           1931-32   1,252   200
        Ted Williams        1955-56     920   186
        David Ortiz         2012-13     438   179
        Hank Aaron          1970-71   1,171   168
        Stan Musial         1957-58   1,128   154
        Tris Speaker        1924-25   1,093   152
        Luke Appling        1943-44     677   147
        Gabby Hartnett      1937-38     758   146
        Bob Johnson         1944-45   1,219   146
        Honus Wagner        1910-11   1,198   145
        

        Ty Cobb is at 130.

  6. epmckenna - May 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I somehow managed to draft Ortiz in the last round of my fantasy baseball draft. Steal of the draft.

    • baseballisboring - May 6, 2013 at 6:02 AM

      Ugh, no one cares.

  7. mungman69 - May 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Skip Bayless said that Ortiz was washed up 3 years ago. Then Skip said that Ortiz was washed up 2 years ago. Sooner or later he will be washed up but not yet. I wonder what Ortiz is on.

    • chill1184 - May 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Your first mistake was listening to anything Skip (or any of the idiots who work for the Ministry of Truth) has to say.

  8. Liam Murphy - May 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    And in 2009 people were saying he was done after a bad April. Lol.

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