Re: Ellsbury's Absence Hasn't been a Factor at all, are you Surprised?
posted at 9/20/2013 4:13 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
I think, with the broken foot and just a few weeks left, he's played his last game ever for the Red Sox. I'm one of the few Red Sox fans who hopes that is the case.
It's interesting to note that Crisp just hit his 21st homer of the 2013 season, and has been a key veteran leader in the A's 2nd straight season in the playoffs. Projections are just that, often wrong for many, but no one would have predicted the A's are neck and neck with the Red Sox for best record and homefield.
I think it's interesting to see what's happened to the last starting CF's for the last Red Sox championship season.
And it's interesting to see how time flies and Ellsbury has probably played his last game for the Red Sox. With Victorino and Bradley, it's going to be interesting to see whether they are embraced with the same doting fan support that was heaped on Ellsbury for the time he was with the Red Sox.
For those who feel differently, where do you see Ellsbury over the next few weeks and next years. And if he never plays another game for the Red Sox, what will miss about this player and the expecations that he was going to be an all-time Red Sox great and MLB superstar?
Feel free to disagree. Thanks.
Fascinating. Thanks a bunch. I was going to start a thread on the exact same subject, except I was going to talk about Iglesias because the Sox actually improved after he left and have been winning at a .622 clip since.
The point, obviously, is that this team is resilient talented enough to withstand some losses, just not too many. They also went without Buchholz, 10-0 with the best ERA in the AL among starters, for 3 months, without Big Papi, our best hitter, for several weeks.
As for Ellsbury, I am no expert but like everyone else think he will not be re-signed. But replacing him won't be that easy because right now his wins above replacement, WAR, is 5.6, tenth best in the AL. Yes, Victorino can fill in nicely in CF, not his best position, but then who plays RF for the Sox? Nava's WAR is 2.7, but he is best in LF, plus moving him to right only opens a hole in LF. So the Sox will have to go out and get a corner outfielder, and that assumes Victorino will move to CF, not his best position. Bradley was of course the heir apparent, but, two hits last night notwithstanding, he needs to show he can hit MLB pitching. At the same age and sample size in 2007, Ellsbury had shown just that, to say nothing of blazing speed which would leave Bradley in the dust.