In response to bosoxmal's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
I'm sure many of us probably feel the same way about Ellsbury's lack of production at the leadoff position. More often than not it seems like we have one quick out followed by Victorino and Pedroia trying to get the inning going.
Time to drop Ells down? I think so, at least until he begins to show some signs of what we all know hes capable of. I know Pede found it very difficult to lead off and not too many players are cut out for it but I would give Victorino a shot. I say no harm no foul if he doesn't cut it because Ells is really struggling.
Yes, I have some thoughts. I would like to see both Ortiz and Napoli dropped to about the 7th and 8th spots, and Pedroia, Nava and Victorino hitting in the 3,4,6 spots. Back-to-back switch hitters who are hot (both ways) in the middle of the line-up? Fantastic. And it takes some of that pressure off the two sluggers.
Who leads off and bats second? The whole point is to get your best OB guys and some speed at the top of the lineup to begin every game. Right now Ells and Middy are the weakest links in our starting lineup in my opinion. I never thought I would exclude Salty in that thought but thrilled to see him producing.