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Ortiz has slumped against lefties, but from 2012 to 2014 he ranked 53rd out of 161 qualified players against lefthanded pitching, and most of the players who performed better are righthanded hitters.
Ramirez may actually be more culpable for the team’s poor start though, as he is now having a ripple effect on the team, because the team is starting him at designated hitter in place of David Ortiz.
He is projected to be worth 1.3 WAR for the rest of the season, which would get him to 0.8, but that’s a.) still far short of expectations and b.) if he keeps sitting against lefties, it’s doubtful he’ll get enough plate appearances to hit that rest of season projection.
It’d be nice to have Lackey right about now, wouldn’t it?
Our money to replace Epstein as general manager of the Red Sox is on current Vice President of Player Personnel/former interim-GM/long-time Red Sox understudy, Ben Cherington.
Ben Cherington’s wife Wendi Nix is a sports reporter for ESPN.