4. Is Jacoby Ellsbury the most important man in the lineup?In many ways, the answer is yes. Last season, the Red Sox went 51-17 when Ellsbury scored a run, 44-50 when he did not. Many leadoff men can have that type of impact of their team's success, but the 2009 Sox need Ellsbury to be much more consistent than he was in his rookie season. If the Red Sox offense lacks the potency and depth of years past, one of the best ways to help make up for some of that is with speed, which Ellsbury possesses in ample supply. Nobody on the Red Sox is more equipped to make something out of nothing.
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