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Ellsbury could continue to hit eighth

Posted by DuckSnort 6 days ago (

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According to the Boston Herald, Jacoby Ellsbury is likely to remain at the bottom of the order against lefties for the time being. Ellsbury hit eighth in Sunday's game, and manager Terry Francona prefers him at the bottom.

Our View

This is not a knock on Ellsbury, although his OBP is a bit low for a leadoff hitter, but he seems to be a better fit at the bottom when a lefty is on the mound. Francona feels like he can better utilize Ellsbury's speed and aggressiveness hitting him at the bottom of the order, so look for his stolen base numbers to benefit from the move if he stays down there.

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