Re: Ellsbury's OPS is now.898
posted at 8/7/2011 10:01 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ellsbury's OPS is now.898
[QUOTE] It was his ability to deliver in the stretch run and post-season, Elsbury didn't "deliver in stretch run and post season", 2007, Drew was "clutch" in 2007. WS was a route, and divison was pitching and core player efforts all season. Ellsbury was benched for no confidence in "stretch run and post season" 2008. What's unmasked is ignoring AGon and Ortiz and Pedroia and pretending that boy wonder is "superstar/greatness/MVP". And reality is no extension and no post FA contract becuase of Crawford. Reality is that Crawford and Ellsbury are poor v. LhP 2011. Future paints a different picture than "GM and team v. Softaw".
Posted by softylaw[/QUOTE]
Didn't deliver stetch/PO 2007???
After his Sept. call-up (smack dab in the middle of a nerve-wracking race with the Sox trying to right the ship after nearly blowing a 14 1/2 game division lead) young Jacoby hit .361/.390/.536, 17 rbis, 8 sbs. You really think that wasn;t vital?
No doubt Drew was clutch in playoffs. That was awesome. No one is trying to discredit that performance. But, look, a big part of why that WS was a route was because Jacoby was KILLING it (1.118 OPS!!!).
Yes, he was benched in 08, HIS ROOKIE SEASON, because he hadn't developed his skills yet. This is the most significant error in your attempts to discredit him: Prior to this year, he had played only 2 full seasons, and, as you point to, 08 was rough because he was still very raw. 09 saw much improvement, but still, his swing was wonky (reverse pivot perhaps?). So, you keep pointing to 'reverting to career averages', but with Ellsbury, it doesn't make any sense. He has played 2 YEARS before this year. His full rookie season of 08 exposed all the weaknesses in his game. The arc of his career CLEARLY suggests that this year is a result of him finally shoring up the holes in his offensive game.
None of this is taking credit away from ANYONE else on the team. In fact, it just speaks to the fantastic clubs the Sox have trotted out in this era that Ells is just an awesome cog in the wheel.
And look, I see where you are coming from regarding the future of Boras' boy. Doesn't look good with Crawford in the fold for big dollars. But that has nothing to do with the quality of player Ellsbury is.
And I agree with you wholeheartedly that, even in all the starry "MVP" glitter talk surrounding Jacoby these days, it would be a major crime to do so without recognizing Gonzalez/Pedroia and pre-AS-break-Ortiz in the same breath.
You should just try enjoying his contributions to this fantastic club. Seriously, its fun!