Re: Time is long overdue to....
posted at 5/21/2013 8:33 AM EDT
In response to stan17's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
...pull Ellsbury from the leadoff slot.
In my opinion, he should bat 9th vs RHPs and sit vs LHPs, but at least get the guy out of the #1 spot.
I agree he should be pulled and moved down in the line up but to pull him against LHP is a knee jerk reaction. Just move him to the bottom till he gets his groove back.
It's not "knee jerk".
You have to go back to 2009 for the last time Ellsbury was balanced AND did decent vs both LHPs (.785) AND RHPs (.763). (2011, he did very good vs LHPs, but much better vs RHPs.)
2011: .841/.965 (Very good vs LHPs, but that was about 200 PAs ago)
There are 30 CF'er with 170+ PAs since 2012 vs LHPs: Ellsbury ranks 29th with a .614 OPS. He's 24th in OBP at .316.
If Victorino can't play, then Ellsbury should start, but if he can, I'd go with Gomes in LF, SV in CF, and Nava in RF vs LHP, at least until Nava starts cooling off, or Ellsbury starts heating up.
I think it might have been 2008, when they demoted Ellsbury from the 1 to 9 slot for a bit. He got hot, and they moved him back. At this point, why not try it again?