Here's a comparison of two players' stats in late and close situations this season.
Player A is batting .348 with 5 homeruns, 18 RBI, and an OPS of 1.168 in 55 plate appearances.
Player B is batting .233 with 0 homeruns, 1 RBI, and an OPS of .689 in 50 plate appearances.
Player B has a reputation for being one of the clutchest players in the history of the game. And if there is such a thing, I'd certainly agree. Player A has a reputation as being a stat padder, unable to get the big hit when it matters most.
That's right. You guessed it: Player A is Alex Rodriguez. Player B is David Ortiz.
Perhaps clutch is not a persistent character trait? Perhaps these numbers will be corrected by the end of the season. Perhaps, Baseball Reference is so much fun that I was bored this morning and figured I'd start some sh*t because the Yanks are within striking distance and the arrogance is returning. How 'bout them Bombers! I am reluctant to say this, but suddenly I believe again.