01 July 2011
On June 28th Ellsbury ranked fourth it votes for a starting spart in the outfield with 3,051,675. He trails Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson and Josh Hamilton.
Putting votes aside for a second, lets take a look at the stats and see who is really worthy of an All-Star spot:
Jose Bautista lead the American League outfield corps with a .324 batting average and 24 home runs. His 52 RBI rank himi second, only behind Curtis Granderson (56)... so I'd say Jose is a lock.
Granderson is hitting a modest .276, but he's got 21 ding dongs and those 56 RBIs... He's also got 14 steals and 70 runs scored, so Curtis isa lock as well.
That leaves one sarting spot left, here are the guys I think should be in the mix:
Jacoby Ellsbury: .300, 97 H, 55 R, 22 2B, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 25 SB
Brennan Boesch: .302, 86 H, 53 R, 20 2B, 10 HR, 38 RBI
Adam Jones: .294, 85 H, 38 R, 15 2B, 13 HR, 46 RBI
In the running: Josh Hamilton (.285, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 179 AB) / Matt Joyce (.308, 10 HR, 240 AB) / Alex Gordon (.293, 93 H, 317 AB) / Melky Cabrera (.277, 94 H, 43 RBI, 339 AB)
Josh Hamilton is getting votes thanks to strong numbers after a late start, but should he be starting over a guy like Ellsbury? Boesch, Joyce and the KC boys are getting the shaft due to lack of interest in their teams, but they don't deserve a vote over Ellsbury. And Jones may make the team simply because he's the only guy worthy of a nod on the Orioles...
Bottom Line: Jacoby deserves that third starting spot... and to be honest, I'm surprised Red Sox Nation invested some nay votes in Carl Crawford (2,294,337) and allowed Hamilton to beat Ellsbury... shame on us.