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Boston’s David Ortiz Going Out With a Bang

Slugger is the best two-strike hitter in the Majors this season


Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who announced prior to the season that 2016 would be his final season, has been one of the best hitters in the Majors through the first third of the season. Ortiz is batting .335 on the year with a .415 on-base percentage, and he leads the American League with 23 doubles, 51 RBI and a .730 slugging percentage. In addition, the 40-year-old slugger has proven to be one of the more difficult outs in the Majors, compiling a Major League-best .309 batting average with two strikes. Among hitters with at least 75 plate appearances with two strikes, the next best mark in the Majors is .289 by Washington’s Daniel Murphy.
Ortiz, playing in his 20th Major League season also leads the Majors with 23 two-strike RBI, is tied for first with nine two-strike doubles and is second with eight two-strike home runs, trailing only Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox (9).

Ortiz has helped the Red Sox to a collective .224 batting average with two strikes, good for first in the Majors. The nine-time All-Star’s .309 mark with two strikes is even more impressive when compared to the Major League average of .173 in two-strike situations.