The Boston Red Sox aren’t quite dead yet this season. They are darn close to that point, and they need to show some signs of life soon if they are going to matter in the American League this season.
A big part of the reason that the Red Sox are “almost dead” instead of “completely dead” is the continued production of designated hitter extraordinaire David Ortiz. On a day that his team was trying to avoid a sweep against the juggernaut that is the Oakland Athletics, Ortiz came through in a big way with a home run in extra innings to lead to an eventual 7-6 victory.
Ortiz’s average is down in 2014, along with some of his other numbers, but he still offers plus production in the middle of the lineup. Through 73 games Ortiz is batting .249/.352/.468 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI. If the Red Sox are going to somehow right the ship, something they still have time to do (6.5 games out of first in the division), they will likely need Ortiz to go on one of the hot streaks that have characterized his long and successful career.
The Red Sox now head to Seattle to take on another confusing team in the Mariners. Check out video of today’s winning home run below, courtesy of MLB.com: