Jacboby Ellsbury & Jose Reyes Comparison: Jacoby Is Better?
August 11, 2008
You know I have told others about my comparison between Reyes and Jacoby, and they laughed. They laughed until I showed them the numbers, then they acted like the Yankees after game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. Totally stunned!
Right now, as of August 11th, 2008, Jose Reyes has the following stats:
82 Runs, 12 HR's 50 RBI and 37 SB's with a .302 avg
Right now, as of August 11th 2008 Jacoby Ellsbury has the following stats:
68 Runs, 7 HR's, 33 RBI and 38 SB's with a .269 avg
Okay so you are probably saying that Reyes has 14 more RBI, 5 more HR's and a way better average and you would be right. So how could Jacoby be better than Jose? Glad you asked! Jacoby has only 391 at bats compared to Jose who has 493 at bats. That is a difference of 102 at bats.
So let's add about a 1/4 of Jacoby's stats to his totals to mark what might have been 100 more at bats. Doing the math we get 17 more runs, 2 more HR's, 8 more RBI and 10 more stolen bases. (I rounded off to the closest number).
Now Jacoby's totals are 85 Runs, 9 HR's, 41 RBI, and 48 stolen bases. Jose and Jacoby are supposed to be the same age but after Tejada was caught in a lie about his age, I cannot believe any birthday from overseas right now.
Jacoby Ellsbury right now is better in stolen bases yet Jacoby has just started while Jose has been on the road for a bit. We can expect to see Jacoby's numbers grow, possibly toward the Grady Sizemore levels. (though that is a lofty goal).
So next season, when you are drafting your team, look for Jacoby to get a little more respect. As for we of Red Sox Nation...we put up with the laughter when we kept Jacoby and said he would be a star. Now whose laughing?