BOSTON -- The Red Sox offense has been incredibly inconsistent on the young season. It has been held to three runs or fewer 10 times already. It also has scored in double figures seven times.
When it’s on, as was the case Monday against Oakland, it’s a pretty impressive attack. And perhaps nobody in all of the American League is as impressive at the plate right now as David Ortiz.
Boston’s designated hitter once again was the catalyst in an 11-6 victory over the A’s. He homered twice, both of them solo shots off left-handed starter Tommy Milone, marking the first time in his career he's gone deep twice against a lefty in a game. Ortiz finished April, a month that has given him fits in recent years, with a robust .405 (34-for-84) average, 6 homers and 20 RBIs. He leads the Red Sox in nearly every offensive category and is hitting .448 (13-for-29) against lefties.
“David’s a star of stars right now. It’s hard to throw a strike by him,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “He’s using all fields. He’s seeing the ball awfully well. I know that’s an old cliché but he gets two balls, no strikes it doesn’t even bother him to take because he’s very confident.
“His swing is as good as it can get.”
It seems Ortiz is climbing Red Sox leaderboards on a nightly basis. Ortiz' first home run Monday gave him 383 for his career, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time list. His second blast broke a tie with Larry Walker. With 384 homers, Ortiz is tied with Harold Baines for 57th on the all-time list.
The next bomb will tie former Red Sox great Dwight Evans.
In addition, Ortiz has 36 multi-homer games with Boston, just one behind Ted Williams for first in Red Sox history. Ortiz also moved into the top 10 in hits in a Red Sox uniform on Monday, surpassing Mike Greenwell.
In typical fashion, Ortiz was succinct in his assessment, saying “I feel good, I feel good,” when asked about his hot start.
He was even more matter-of-fact when asked about Monday's second homer, which saw right fielder Josh Reddick fall into the Boston bullpen in an effort to make the catch.
“That guy, he didn’t catch the ball,” Ortiz plainly noted of his former teammate’s failed attempt at stopping one guy who cannot be stopped right now.