You are choosing to remain skeptical and that’s your prerogative…I choose to be optimistic….He S@cked out loud his first time up, when he came back he was much better….He hit .283 in the month of spring, and in the last ten games he started he got a hit and multiple hits in 5 of them….
With Gardner its not the average that needs to be watched, it is his on base percentage, and like I said in my original post, if he keeps that at .335 he will be a great asset to this team…..
"Like I said before, you can't steal first. The guy has to absolutely work on his hitting. He looked simply lost at the plate last season. I really really hope Long has worked and continues to work with him big time over the offseason. Once he gets on base though, look out cuz he's goin... "
Absolutely agree 100%.....and he also needs to learn WHEN to run and when NOT to run....but I think that will come with some coaching and experience.....
Ellsbury was so good over the last month of 2007 and then in the post-season that people got this unrealistic idea that he was going to jump right into the MLs and hit .330, with 80 SBs and score 130. And incredibly he actually got off to a start through the couple of months or so that would have put him close to later two numbers. He was near the league lead in runs scored at that point.
But as usually happens word got around about some holes in his strike zone, mainly jamming him, and he also hurt his left wrist making a diving catch and had a very bad middle of the season. Then he got hot again at the end, probably making some adjustments to how he was being pitched, lifting his average 13 points in the month of September. In all it was a very streaky year for him, great at the beginning, lousy in the middle, then great again at the end. But overall it was a very good rookie season. He nearly broke the RS single season SB record (54, I think) in spite of the terrible middle of the season, when he went something like a month with barely one steal.