David Ortiz homered for the second straight game. After going on a bit of a cold streak following the All-Star break, Big Papi is hitting .524 over his last 7 games with 3 home runs, 7 RBI’s, and a 1.600 OPS. He doesn’t care if he has to single handedly carry this team to the finish line. Ortiz is determined to make sure that his final at-bats will come in the postseason. There’s no question as to whether or not Ortiz can keep this up into October. The real question here is, Why does he have to leave? As cool as it is that he’s going out at the top of his game, not getting to see Ortiz in the lineup next year is going to leave an empty feeling in my heart that nobody can fill. I guess Edwin Encarnacion will just have to try his best.
The Red Sox win allowed them to keep pace with Toronto and remain just .5 GB in the AL East. They did however can gain one game in the Wild Card race following another ugly loss by the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and have officially gotten hot at the best time. If they can continue to beat up on these mediocre teams, I have confidence that they can clinch the division and not have to worry about a one game playoff. Their push for first place continues on Sunday afternoon. Eduardo Rodriguez will take the ball despite an injury scare during his last start in which he had to be removed after 4 no-hit innings with left hamstring tightness. Over his last 7 starts, E-Rod has posted a 2.52 ERA. These are ace-like numbers and I am ecstatic to be seeing this out of Eduardo. Hopefully he can keep it up tomorrow in Detroit’s pitcher friendly ballpark.