Everyone by now has heard of David Ortiz's historic OBP and batting average in this World Series. At one point Fox even flashed a graphic showing that Ortiz had as many hits as the rest of the team combined. It got me wondering, how many of the Red Sox 21 World Series runs has he played a part in?
To come up with an answer, I considered not just runs batted in and runs scored (being sure to count home runs only once, not twice), but also cases where the batter advanced a runner who later scored. So when Ortiz was walked with runners on 2nd and 3rd and one of those runners later scored, I didn't count that as a contribution toward the run. But when he advanced Pedroia from first to 2nd, and then Gomes homered in Pedroia (and Ortiz), that I counted even though the advancement ended up not being needed.
Through the first 5 games of the World Series, Ortiz has contributed to 11 of the Red Sox 21 runs ... more than half! For some perspective, here are the totals for all the Red Sox batters:
Runs contributed to through Game 5
|Player||PA||HR||Other R||Other RBI||Adv runner that scored||Runs contr to||Gm 1||Gm 2||Gm 3||Gm 4||Gm 5|
Pedroia, in second with 8, has benefitted by hitting in front of Ortiz ... Ortiz has knocked him in 3 times.
Over on the right shows the runs each player has contributed to, broken down by game. Note that Ortiz is the only one to contribute to runs in each game.
Xander Bogaerts, along with Pedroia, has been the next most consistent contributor, validating the decision to start him in place of Middlebrooks. Also intersting to note that Drew has made more contributions than some may have expected. And Victorino has contributed to 2 runs (by scoring them) despite not having a single hit.
But Papi's presence obviously looms large over everything the Red Sox have done offensively in this World Series.