Ok, so three games isn't enough to yank someone from the lineup, and it's certainly not enough to start panicking about David Ortiz, who looks horrible every time he steps to the plate.
But surely we can all agree that David Ortiz is no longer the man who needs to be batting directly behind Kevin Youkilis in the Red Sox' lineup. One need only look to Youkilis' plate appearance with Jacoby Ellsbury on third in the first inning of last night's game, an appearance in which Youk received between zero and one hittable pitch in the five he saw. Ortiz promptly hit a hard ground ball into the shift.
Of course, Ortiz did later drive in Dustin Pedroia with the Red Sox' only run of the game. And who knows? He may turn it around against the Royals and mash for the rest of the season. But even if he does, he is unquestionably not as good a hitter anymore as J.D. Drew, who has been relegated to seventh in the lineup. Drew hasn't looked so hot either these first three games, but is there really any question who should be batting in the middle of the order and who should be closer to the bottom?