Re: Where should Ellsbury bat?
posted at 1/1/2012 4:40 AM EST
Crawford may have batted 2nd in Tampa but that is totally different. Does Tampa have Ortiz, AGone, Youk, Ellsbury, Pedey?His career OBP is still .350 at best. And that is on average.
His career OBP is .333, but he did have 2 years at about .360 before signing here.
You do realize that old Carl did not bat 2nd versus Lefties, right? He batted 7th or 8th and still on a team that did not feature Ortiz, AGone, Youk, Ellsbury or Pedey.
2nd: 451 PAs
3rd: 206 PAs
Others: 0 PAs
2nd: 668 PAs
Others: 4 PAs
2nd: 380 PAs
3rd: 90 PAs
Others: 2 PAs
Even if he bounces back what do you think a realistic OBP for him would be? .333 would be a nice bounce back. And still that is like 7th vs RHSP's and 9th vs LHSP's.
His career OBP:
vs RHPs: .343
vs LHPs: .308 (DMac's is .348 and he's not a bad fielder in LF)
Crawford should bat 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th vs RHPs (maybe 6th most of the time vs RHPs), and should be on the bench vs most LHPs.It is absurb to even consider batting Crawford anywhere above 7th at this point in time. If he tears the cover off the ball in ST then OK you could mention it. But for now, I suggest all Crawford lovers, like DJ lovers, LAY LOW!!!!!!
vs RHPs, Crawford' line is .306/.343/.468/.812
I can see batting Jacoby, Pedey, AGon, Youk, and Papi ahead of Crawford for sure, but that is only 5. Who should bat 6th ahead of CC?
Salty? .265/.331/.441/.772 (.786 in 2011)
Sweeney? .296/.352/.402/.754 (.743 in 2011)
Scutty? .273/.337/.385/.722 (.784 in 2011)
In 2011, CC batted 6th more than anyone else:
He also batted 7th more than anyone else: