Re: Who is more deserving of a spot than Bellsbury?
posted at 7/5/2011 4:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Who is more deserving of a spot than Bellsbury?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Who is more deserving of a spot than Bellsbury? : All that needs to be said in this thread. We could put anyone in at leadoff this season and still be an elite team, because it is Gonzalez driving that player in. If it weren't for the failed Crawbust hitting third experiment, Gonzalez may have 100 RBIs by now.
Posted by bettersoftthanlaw[/QUOTE]
Ellsbury is the only AL leadoff man (and maybe the only MLB leadoff man) with104 hits, 58 runs scored, 27 SB's, 23 doubles, 9 dingers, and an OPS of .838, etc. There are probably half a dozen MLB teams right now who would bat him third.
Ellsbury would have more runs scored, but Pedroia keeps erasing him with those grounders. And of course AGon, great as he is, still leads the team in GIDP's.
The simple fact is that the best leadoff hitters need guys behind them to drive them in, and the best rbi hitters need someone on base to drive in. It's a team game despite all those individual stats, all-star selections, etc.
Crawford batting third was never going to happen over the long term, not with AGon as great as he is.
I like the current lineup through Ortiz and hope that Crawford will be an effective #6 hitter. With AGon, Youk, and Ortiz right in front of him, he could get a lot of rbi's. In Jason Bay's big rbi year of 2009, he often batted 6th or even 7th.