RocketsDWM wrote:David "Big Papi" Ortiz is back tonight vs the New York Yankees. He has been sorely missed as the rest of the lineup has tried to step it up in his absence (most notably JD Drew, Dustin P, and Youk). So what are your thoughts on him for the rest of the season? What type of numbers can he put up? Is he too much of an injury risk to trade for?
Technically, the rest of the lineup did more than try to step it up...
boston.com wrote:Batting average: .280 before; .279 after.
Runs per game: 5 before; a hair over 5 after.
Home runs per game: 1.05 before; 1.15 after.
On-base percentage: .353 before; .360 after.
Slugging percentage: .441 before; .450 after.
Based on the batting practice swings before his rehab stint (when he was hitting some bombs), as well as some of the deep HRs he was hitting down in the minors, I'm pretty confident that he's feeling really good and will be near peak-form. I can see 12-15 HRs the rest of the way as a good possibility. Obviously the risk of re-injury is significant, but not huge.