Top 50 Sox Seasons #44: David Ortiz, 2007

.332/.445/.621, 1.066 OPS, 667 PA, 182 H, 111 BB, 35 HR, 117 RBI, 88 XBH, 171 OPS+
Postseason: .370/.517/.674, 1.191 OPS, 46 AB, 17 H, 14 BB, 3 HR, 10 RBI

All-Star, Silver Slugger, MVP – 4

Speaking of off years, what was largely regarded as a subpar season for Ortiz actually featured a career-high on-base percentage and OPS+, as well as a fifth-place finish in the league in batting and a third-place finish in slugging. Ortiz put together a nifty 31-game on-base streak in May and June, then ended the season on a brutal tear — .381/.500/.823 from Aug. 15 to Sept. 30.

In the postseason, Ortiz continued the October dominance for which he has become legendary – reaching base nearly 85 percent of the time in the ALDS, then posting an OPS of .966 in the ALCS and .945 in the World Series, helping deliver Boston its second World Series in two years.

Key game: Sept. 12. With a pair of home runs – including a two-run walk-off shot with the Sox down by one in the ninth – Ortiz accounts for all five of Boston’s runs in a 5-4 victory. The first home run comes with the Sox down 4-0 in the third – a three-run shot – and the second with one out in the ninth, the score still 4-3. The home runs and RBI allowed him to cross the 30/100 marks for the fifth straight season.

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