When Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract this offseason, it came with some pretty high expectations. After all, the New York Yankees have a history of winning championships and their fans expect nothing less out of the team. Through the first 40+ games however, Jacoby had not lived up to his end of the bargain.
Heading into Wednesday night’s game, his numbers looked rather pedestrian. He was batting just .259 with 25 runs scored, two home runs, 18 RBIs and twelve stolen bases. However, what the numbers don’t tell you is that he has been on a tear at the plate in the last five games. Over that span, he is 7-for-20 with a solid batting average of .350. In that time, he also has five runs scored, one home run, six RBIs and three stolen bases.
In addition to his hot bat, he has been a human vacuum cleaner in the field as well. In 138 total defensive chances, he has 137 total putouts to go along with an assist in over 415 innings. Perhaps most importantly, he has yet to make an error in the field thus far and makes diving catches that very few center fielders will even attempt.
He continued swinging a hot bat on Wednesday, further evidence that he is starting to break out in a big way. On the night, he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Given those numbers, it is hard to argue that he is clearly showing signs of turning his lackluster start around as of late.
If he can keep it going and stay healthy, he could help the Yankees do what they could not a year ago: make the postseason and possibly contend for a World Series championship. He is proving to be an impact player at the top of the lineup for New York with each passing game.