It seems to have been downplayed quite a bit, but the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury seems to be affecting the Boston Red Sox more than they are letting on.
Boston became really used to having a dynamic leadoff hitter getting on base, making the pitcher work and being disruptive on the basepaths. This season it has been a different player everyday and it appears as though whoever is being put at the top of the order isn’t really producing.
Daniel Nava was considered one of the primary choices to fill that role and he has the on-base percentage skills to do the job, however, he has not been hitting much and when you aren’t fast and you need to get on base, not producing won’t make a useful leadoff hitter at all.
Grady Sizemore might be the most logical choice, but he hasn’t played in the last two years and it seems as though John Farrell wants to ease Sizemore back into the daily routine of playing baseball. However, Sizemore has been hitting very, very well and Farrell might want to maybe consider making that decision before they find themselves buried in the standings and no way to get back out.
I don’t see how Shane Victorino would not be the leadoff hitter at this point when he comes back. He is definitely fast enough where he could leg out a few hits. At this point, he can’t come back soon enough.
It has gotten to the point that whoever gets hot in the position will probably stay in that role. Let’s just hope that happens pretty soon. Seeing Ellsbury in pinstripes is making me sick to my stomach.