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Gonzalez in right, Ortiz at first on Wednesday

Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 7:23 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

Ortiz, GonzalezAdrian Gonzalez will appear in the outfield for the first time since 2005 -- and only his second career game overall -- as David Ortiz will man first base during Wednesday's game at Philadelphia, John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports.

The nine-game swing through National League parks has put skipper Terry Francona in a bind when it comes to fitting in the Red Sox's two best hitters. Both Gonzalez (pictured, right) and Ortiz (pictured, left) play first, although Big Papi hasn't played first base on a regular basis in years, instead serving as Boston's DH. The NL doesn't recognize the DH, instead opting for automatic outs in pitchers to take the plate, so that's relegated Big Papi to the bench.

It would be one thing if Ortiz was performing like a hitter on the decline, but he most certainly is not. It's been a resurgence for the slugger, currently checking in with a .311/.391/.581 line in 307 plate appearances with 17 home runs. That's a lot of production to waste on the bench sans the occasional pinch-hit appearance.

At least on Wednesday, that will change. Papi will take the field and hit against right-hander Vance Worley, which certainly had to factor into the decision. While Ortiz is raking left-handers like never before, he historically has struggled against those and two top-tier lefties start for Philadelphia in the series: Cliff Lee on Tuesday and Cole Hamels on Thursday. The drawback? A-Gon plays the outfield with Boston's worst pitcher on the mound in John Lackey, who gives up hits in copious amounts. Better do some extra stretches pregame.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:27 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Gonzalez in right, Ortiz at first on Wednesday

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Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:20 am
 

Gonzalez Will be Tested!

The combo of Lackey on the hill and Gonzo in right with all those lefties the Phils will bring will give Tito another ulcer. It may be the only way to go...just too bad "Nancy" Drew isn't worth using...just hope Gonzo doesn't sprain something chasing all around out there.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Gonzalez in right, Ortiz at first on Wednesday

Infact, just a quick bit of research..

(AVG/OBP/SLG)

Dodgers pitchers - .185/.257/.230

Compared to say..

Dan Uggla - .175/.241/.330
Food for thought.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Gonzalez in right, Ortiz at first on Wednesday

"The NL doesn't recognize the DH, instead opting for automatic outs in pitchers to take the plate, so that's relegated Big Papi to the bench."

I'm thinking..there are a few pitchers at least in the NL that would argue with the "automatic out" assumption. A few pitchers this year are actually swinging the stick quite well, ask any Dodgers fan about that especially.

I'm hoping Gonzo in right and Ortiz at first isn't a complete disaster, it'll be another knock on the DH..or lack of DH in the NL, depending where your bias stands!


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