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Return of Jacoby Ellsbury Huge For Boston Red Sox Lineup

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Anthony Gruppuso – USA Today Sports

On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox welcomed back a familiar face to their lineup after missing about three weeks due to injury. We got to see Jacoby Ellsbury penciled into the starting lineup in the leadoff spot playing centerfield both Wednesday and tonight.

While the production hasn’t necessarily been there the first two games (1-for-6 with two runs scored), he doesn’t appear to be slowed at all by his injury, and he seems poised to contribute during the postseason. This could not be better news for Red Sox nation.

Just look at the way the offense has responded the past two games; 15 runs on Wednesday night and 12 tonight in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Even if Ellsbury isn’t the one producing the runs, the mere presence of the speedster at the top of the lineup makes everyone else just that much more dangerous.

David Ortiz and Daniel Nava both went deep tonight, and Nava hasn’t had a homerun since Ellsbury has been out of the lineup. The Red Sox are just a completely different team when Ellsbury is at the top of the lineup instead of Jackie Bradley Jr., and it shows with the offensive output of the past two days.

With the playoffs right around the corner, the rest of the teams in the American League should be pretty scared of this lineup. The one thing that has been missing the past three weeks is someone to get on base at the top of the order and wreak havoc on the bases. Now they have that, and they will be quite dangerous come October.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google