Re: Official Sizemore VS Ellsbury head-to-head thread for 162 games
posted at 4/10/2014 1:43 PM EDT
Right now, with the Sox at Yankees for 4 games series ahead of us, Bradley and Sizemore both have higher OPS's than Ellsbury. Plus Bradley, in a lot fewer at bats, had more runs scored and more rbi's than Ellsbury.
But back to the OP and the notion of game by game evaluations. Last night Ellsbury didn't just go 0 or 4, he did much worse than that. Batting 3d, he came up in the bottom of the 8th with the game tied, Gardner on 3B (who doubled and was sacrificed to 3B by Jeter) and one out. Ellsbury popped up harmlessly to 3B when a grounder to the right side or up the middle or fly ball would have brought Gardner home with the go ahead run.
I think Bradley is a legitimate addition to this story because so far I think he is the only guy to start in CF besides Sizemore. Yesterday, for example, he played CF, walked 3 times, and scored 2 runs, clearly outplaying Ellsbury, who, we should note, was the Yankees DH. Theoretically, we should compare Jacoby to Big Papi, but that would be too hard on the Yankees side.
Overall, I think Ellsbury is still definitely a plus for the Yankees and one they can certainly afford, so I don't buy the money argument.
But I kind of like the thread in terms of determining how well Cherington has made up for the loss of Ellsbury. So far, it certainly seems to me, so good.
But we are still way, way early in this season.