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Ortiz' hot streak doesn't surprise everyone

BOSTON -- Following the Red Sox’s 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series Monday night at Busch Stadium, Boston’s David Ortiz was asked if he’s ever been this locked in at the plate.

The veteran DH is 11-for-15 for a .733 batting average and a .750 on-base percentage in the Series. He has two doubles, two homers, six RBIs and four walks against the Cardinals.

Yes, it’s quite evident he’s focused.

“We can’t say enough about that guy,” Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez said. “Besides being a good hitter, he’s smart and he knows how they’re going to attack him. He always has a plan. If he needs to make adjustments, he’ll make them from one at-bat to another.

“There’s more to him besides the mechanics or the physical side. He’s pretty strong on the mental side and that’s why he’s so consistent.”

Ortiz was dumbfounded by the question about whether he’s experienced a streak like his current one. The future Hall of Famer has had plenty of hot streaks during his career. It bothered him a bit afterward and he even mentioned something to Rodriguez about the question.

“For me, it’s not a surprise because of the way he goes about his business,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe for some people it’s a surprise, but after you watch this guy for the whole year, and the way he goes about his business, the way he prepares, every time he does something I’m not surprised. I’m just happy he can bring that to the game every day.”