Saw this picture on the Globe website the other day and I couldn’t help but wonder when the Debate will begin in earnest: Keep Coco next season, or hand CF to a rookie? Hell, forget about next season…what happens when Manny comes back?
I’m torn, myself. I really like Crisp, but it’s looking more and more
like he sandwiched two very solid offensive months in between a whole
lot of awful. After what seemed like a resurgent June and July, in which he posted OPS’s
of .816 and .896 respectively, August heralded a return to the .600 OPS
Crisp we’ve come to know. Granted, the guy probably deserves a Gold Glove for
his play in center this season, but does it really make up for his
Ellsbury’s overall numbers in Pawtucket aren’t extraordinary, but they belie the fact that he was injured once or twice and has been raking since his late-July or early-August return from a hamstring injury. Since the minor-league break, he sports a .313/.358/380 line in AAA, and in 106 August ab’s, those numbers jumped to .368/.404/.443.
The lack of power is a concern, and his OBP is actually worse then I thought; it’s entirely average-driven, and while the K/BB is fine, Ellsbury’s just not walking enough for my liking. Of course, the 4 walks in 39 major-league plate appearances is a pretty good start, and he’s only struck out once, but that’s obviously a tiny sample.
I really don’t know what I’d like to see them do next season. I guess you kind of have to stick with Crisp down the stretch and presumably into the postseason, though I do hope they find room for Ellsbury on the bench. If someone has to be traded, I’d prefer it be Crisp. Or Manny, I suppose, if a suitable replacement happens to wander over from New York…