A lot can happen for a person in three weeks, unless you’re Jacoby Ellsbury‘s RBI total. Since May 3, the New York Yankees outfielder has not picked up an RBI. Most of his hitting has come from the number three hole, the prototypical slot a manager will put the team’s best hitter. Nobody can fault Yankees manager, Joe Girardi for putting Ellsbury in that role. He was off a terrific start in the month of April, and after Beltran went down, Ellsbury was the best player to take the spot.
Girardi did come out and say he is not worried about the outfielders recent slump and will not get to worked up on switching the lineup. With the recent slump taking place in the last 30 at-bats, Girardi said he would be more concerned if it was something that was happening over the duration of 100 at-bats.
The Yankees have been playing .500 level baseball this month and it is easy to see that with Ellsbury slumping and Brian McCann not catching on offensively yet, the middle of the lineup could be to blame. Granted, Ellsbury’s slump is over the course of 30 at-bats, but Girardi and the Yankees cannot wait patiently for the bats to come around out of the two premiere offseason pickups for the lineup. It never hurts to score more runs and give pitchers more cushion as they look for younger, less experienced pitchers to carry majority of the load going forth until around the all-star break. It would not be a bad idea to give rookie surprise Yangervis Solarte the everyday start in the fifth spot.
The change would not be permanent as it’s almost certain Ellsbury will turn things around eventually, but for now, the Yankees should consider their options as they have a lot ground to lose.