Manny is certainly protecting Papi, and Ortiz is getting his pitches to hit. But who is protecting Manny? In the few Sox games that I have seen this year, it seems like Manny is getting quite a few more unintentional/intentional (Bonds style) walks this year.
Checking back at who hit in the 5 hole last year and it looks like Nixon and Millar took the bulk of the AB in that position. This year it looks like Nixon is getting the bulk and Tek has some as well. Now that there hitting lineup is a little weaker in the bottom are teams changing their approaches through the Sox lineup? Have clubs just decided not to let Manny beat them?
Is anyone else seeing this too, or am I just delusionally trying to rationalize something that is not there