Re: Ells should swing at the first pitch tonight
posted at 5/23/2013 5:18 PM EDT
In response to greenwellforpresident's comment:
In response to joel49's comment:
If ever there was a time for Ells to swing at the first pitch he sees, it is tonight. Assuming it is a fastball down the middle of the plate from McAllister, he should deposit it in in the bullpen. I'm sure Tito will have told his pitchers that Ells will NEVER EVER swing at that first pitch. What a way that would be to jump start him. Ells did have a solid game last night, but he started the game in an 0-2 hole letting two fastballs, the first of which was 88 mph right down the middle above the knees, go by. The second was on the outer corner at 90 mph, a much tougher pitch to hit but one that could have been slapped the other way. To his credit he managed to hit the third pitch, a cutter, hard up the middle for an out, but that first pitch was the one to nail, and it will likely be that way again tonight (as it is so many nights).
To anyone who would argue that you don't change your approach (Jimfrom Florida are you still here?), tonight is Jacoby's chance to prove that maxim wrong. He should be looking to gain any advantage he can to climb out of this slump in which he's mired. He should swing at that first pitch tonight if it's a fastball over the heart of the plate. DO IT!
Actually, this year he's swung at and hit the first pitch 28 times out of 217 plate appearances. I wouldn't call that never. In my opinion it's important for the first batter of the game to take a pitch or two. I don't like letting the opposing pitcher start the game with a one pitch out. Having said that, if the first pitch is a fastball down the middle, swing away.
But, Greenwell, I am pretty sure he is yet to have swung at the first pitch of a ballgame. Big difference. I realize he has swung at first pitches in other AB's.