The designated hitter entered Wednesday’s game against the Twins with a .367 average in May, six home runs and 15 RBIs — and NESN insider Mikey Adams, for one, is not surprised in the least.
“He’s got better numbers right now than [Mark] Teixeira, who’s making double the money,” Mikey told Cole Wright on Wednesday’s edition of SportsDesk. “I don’t know how anyone could ever criticize Papi after everything he gave this team and its fans. That’s crazy.”
Of course, Ortiz’s resurgence means less and less playing time for Mike Lowell. Is it time for Boston to cut ties with the 2007 World Series MVP? Yes, if it means more playing time for the third baseman.
“This is a guy who everybody loves, and this is a guy who needs to play every day,” Mikey said. “It’s clear the Red Sox don’t have a gig for him.”
Meanwhile, the Red Sox put their ace on the disabled list on Wednesday after he left Tuesday’s start with back stiffness — and Mikey wondered whether the team should have awarded Josh Beckett a big extension earlier this year, or whether it just should have waited.
“They pay $85 million for him, and I didn’t think he was that tremendous last year,” Mikey said. “He was OK, but this year, with a seven-plus ERA, and he’s been spotty, at best. … You know, he’s not 40 years old. Yeah, I’m worried.”
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