David Ortiz is a stand-up guy, but he is struggling at the plate in the ALCS.
Save for his game-tying grand slam in Game 2, Big Papi has gone 0 for 14 this series against a Tigers pitching staff that continues to fan Boston hitters at a ridiculous pace -- 53 K's over four games.
Though, despite his struggles at the plate, Ortiz gives credit where credit is due and verbally tipped his cap to Detroit's slingers after Boston's 7-3 Game 4 loss.
"Their starting pitching has been outstanding," Ortiz said, according to WEEI.com. "That guy (Doug Fister) that started the game, that was impressive. He was painting everything. His breaking ball was better than what I have ever seen. He was spotting his changeup. He was throwing the pitch he wanted in whatever count. There isn't any better than that."
That was in reference to Detroit's fourth starter in the rotation. Fister held the Red Sox to one earned run on eight hits, with seven strikeouts over six innings of work Wednesday night. That...