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Question of the Week: Who is Clutch?

Another week, another question (and this time it IS about the Red Sox). But first we turn to last week’s question.

Your team is down, in the bottom of the ninth. There are two outs and the tying run in scoring position. Who do you want at the plate?

Read on for reader answers, and scroll to the bottom to respond to the next Question of the Week…

I think that Josh Hamilton should be at the plate, not because he's from Texas but because he always either sends a line drive to the outfield or hits a homer. And he can hit in the clutch when they need it.
-Joey, Texas

I would want Victor Martinez at the plate. He is the most consistent batter this season. He leads the league with a .409 batting average and with 61 hits. He also has seven home runs and 25 RBIs. It's a no-brainer to me.
-Lighteninghawk, Canada

Since you didn't say that player had to be currently active and not on the DL then I would say Jorge Posada. Even though Derek Jeter and Melky Cabrera are great too, Jorge is reliable.
-Marilyn, New York

If I needed a guy at the plate in a clutch situation, I'd choose Hanley Ramirez for one reason: He's arguably the best hitter in baseball. He can do it all. With improving plate discipline Hanley can easily get into one of those zones like he is right now.
-Drew, Florida

In the bottom of the ninth and two outs with the bases loaded, I would have either Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter. Pujols is just amazing in clutch, but so is Jeter. Dustin Pedroia doesn't have as much experience as Jeter or Pujols, so I think that's the way to go.
P.S. I didn't choose Pedroia partly because he's on the Red Sox, and I'm a Yankee fan.
-Calvin, New Jersey

The best clutch hitter in baseball is Carlos Quentin. Carlos and the WHITE SOX are just really good.
-Jose, Illinois

I would want Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia at the plate. He draws walks, he hits for average. He doesn't have much power, but the guy has some serious OBP!!!
-Joel, Pennsylvania

I would want Albert Pujols at the plate. He is the MACHINE!!! So far this year he has more homers than strikeouts. You could be sure he would get a hit to help you win.
-A Reader from California

I’m torn between Carlos Beltran and Chipper Jones, but I’ll go with Chipper. He has 192 career game-winning RBIs and he isn’t a one-trick pony. He can hit home runs but he also hits for average. Plus, as a switch-hitter, Jones can have an advantage over any pitcher.
-The Brain

Next Week’s Question: Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz is in a serious slump. He’s hitting .203 with 32 strikeouts and zero home runs. Put yourself in the shoes of Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. What do you do about David Ortiz? 

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