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The Outcome of the Season Depends on Papi.....

Posted on: April 15, 2009 10:25 am

....and at this rate, the Sox are in trouble.'s a marathon, not a sprint.  The first week of the season should not be the end all and be all of what lies ahead.

That said....watching David Ortiz at the plate is downright painful.  While I think his best years are behind him, I have a fear he's really going to struggle this year.  One, I think his health is deteriorating quickly.  He might be recovered from his off-season health issues, but the timing on his swing is so off.  For a great hitter like Papi, that swing being off can almost certainly be attributed to health issues.  The bigger issue....while I love Kevin Youkilis batting cleanup and Jason Bay is going to turn out to be a very good player in Boston, Papi's numbers will suffer without Manny batting behind him.  Period....I think we all know that.  But bigger than that, if Papi's not hitting like he should, who on that team is a threat to hit 30+ home runs?  Maybe, maybe Youk...and that's it.  Without the threat of power in the lineup, the Sox will end up going the small ball route, which they can do, but they won't be able to keep up offensively with the Rays or the Yankees .

This team desperately needs a healthy, productive Papi.  If they don't get that, the Front Office better get very, very active before the trade deadline for a power hitter.



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