David Ortiz and Travis Buck are off to horrible starts

April 2, 2008 at 7:45 am 7 comments

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We all know who David Ortiz is and his “clutch hitting” but he is playing like the “white David Ortiz” in the New Era baseball cap commercial. The Oakland A’s have given the young Travis Buck the starting gig in rightfield due to his performance as a rookie last season and the fact that he is a breakout candidate. Well, he’s playing like a Milwaukee Buck right now.

Check out the stats Travis Buck has compiled through the first 3 games of the season as the A’s leadoff hitter: 0-14 with 7 strikeouts and no walks! He has also left 8 men on base. He is striking out in 50% of his plate appearances. Of those 14 at-bats, 10 have started out with an 0-1 count. That’s what getting ahead in the count does for a pitcher.

David Ortiz, the clutchiest man of them all, is off to an 0-11 start with 1 run scored, 2 walks, but only one strikeout. He’s putting the ball in play and seeing a lot of pitches but he has left 11 (that’s right 11!) men on base. He is 0-5 with men in scoring position.

This is only the first 3 games of the season and there has been a lot of traveling between these two teams so I wouldn’t worry too much about the numbers but one does have to wonder if these are trends. Maybe Ortiz’s knee is still ailing. Maybe a sophmore slump is on the way for the young Buck. Only time will tell.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  April 2, 2008 at 9:59 am

    It’s hard to not jump the gun on players, especially in means of fantasy stats.

    I try not to get down on guys, but I bit it hard on Jeramine Dye and Paul Konerko last season (on seperate teams thank god). I tend to have problems saying “They won’t do this all year”.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 2, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I hear ya. The thing that scares me is the 50% K rate for a guy who doesn’t strikeout a lot. If it was Jack Cust it wouldn’t bother me. I expect both guys to be fine but there seems to be some warning flags here.

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  • 3. Aaron Boynton  |  April 2, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Ortiz then hits a homer against the A’s on Wednesday!

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 2, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I saw that. He started out with a walk and then a K and then got 2 hits. He still left another 3 guys on base though, bringing his total to 14 in 4 games.

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  • 5. Aaron Boynton  |  April 2, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I’ll take the homerun and conveniently forget the rest! Ha!!

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  • 6. James D Ardis  |  April 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Ortiz tends to start out slow. He goes the first month or two with a .250 avg and then starts skyrocketing from there.

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  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Ortiz is now 3-43 on the season! Wow! Who’d a thunk it?

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