Matt makes many interesting points especially regarding the postseason careers of Ortiz and Jason Giambi. I was shocked to see that they aren’t that different.
Big Papi does have twice as many playoff plate appearances but Giambi has a solid postseason sample (45 games, 174 plate appearances). Their rate stats are pretty close. Ortiz has a small edge in batting average, Giambi has a small edge in OBP and Ortiz has a decent lead in slugging.
I further outlined the “anti-clutch” argument about Ortiz a few weeks back. Hint: he is a very good hitter in the regular season and playoffs.
Matt’s question about hall size is critical when examining Big Papi’s case. Ortiz is at the steps of Cooperstown but the door isn’t yet open.
On this day 8 years ago Pedro Martinez gave up 5 runs for the only time in his 14 career post-season starts. Few people remember that after the Red Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS it was Jason Giambi hitting two solo homers off Pedro to keep the Yanks alive. The 8th inning proved to be the turning point as the Boston ace gave up 3 doubles and a single while retiring only 1 batter before Grady Little finally came to the mound.
Relive the game in life altering black and white here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA200310160.shtml