The eyes aren't the problem, Big Papi

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So it turns out that there is nothing wrong with David Ortiz’s vision.

Big Papi, at a loss for why he is hitting less than .200 with only two
home runs this season, is turning over every stone to try to find the
source of his woes. That included a trip to the eye doctor on Monday.

His vision checked out “very well” during an examination Monday, and
the Boston Red Sox designated hitter was given drops for dry eyes, team
spokesperson Pam Ganley said.

Well at least they gave him some eye drops to make him feel better.

But while some are having fun with Papi’s trip to the eye doctor, even creating a humorous eye chart for the big slugger, others are pointing to statistics that suggest there might not be anything wrong at all.

In fact, as Craig pointed out earlier today, Oritz — eye drops or not — might be just on the receiving end of some terrible luck, and could be due to break out soon.

As for the Red Sox, they seem far more concerned with finding shortstop help.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: