posted at 7/28/2012 9:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ellsbury
[QUOTE]EX, For someone that has your overall knowledge of the game. This thread is puzzling to me. Hitting 101 taught at an early age to youth ball players starting at age 12 is to have a plan when you step up to the plate. Situational hitting is predicated on the count...when you're ahead in the count you look for a pitch that's in your "box", one that you can handle and put a good swing on it. Conversly when you get two strikes on you, you're taught to expand the box and protect...Not every stike is a hittable pitch, not every ball is an unhittable one. Hitter's go through peaks and valleys when they're seeing the ball out of the pitchers hand and squaring it up...They also go through periods when they're not seeing the ball well and with that they loose the ability to recognize pitches in thier box and become tentitive. Your "query" regarding Ellsbury is fine...lets at least allow him to go thorugh the process of getting to 100 at bats...Which is the gold standard used by coaches and players to evaluate where they are in relantionship to career norms. Before we make too big a deal out of it.
Posted by Beantowne[/QUOTE]
Ellsbury was hitting the ball before he started to take pitches until he has two strikes on him. I said above in response to snakeoil that I think he will hit. It just seemed odd to me that he appeared to have changed his "approach" at the plate. Perhaps, as you say, he isn't seeing the ball well, or he's in one of those "downs." But a "down" can be defined many ways: late on pitches, overswinging, trying to pull everything, etc. Ellsbury has been down in a particularly puzzling way, one that, IMO, does not fit well into the "gold standard." ( Which is not everyone's standard. ) If he had been struggling virtually from Day One of his return, it would be easier to understand what looks like sudden uncertainty, or at least hesitancy, at he plate, especially to the point of two strikes, often pitches not only hittable but right down the middle. That, specifically, is what has been puzzling me.
This club is in the doldrums. It needs Ellsbury to get something started.
I thought all of this was worth mentioning, as an observation.