Jacoby Ellsbury, CF BOS
News: The Boston Globe notes that the center field platoon system that the Red Sox have employed this season using both Jacoby Ellsbury and Coco Crisp has been an even split through the first 37 games of the season. Crisp made his 19th start of the season Thursday against Detroit. Ellsbury has started 18 times.
Analysis: The Globe also notes that the split may not have been so even had Crisp not strained his right hamstring in mid-April. Crisp missed eight games as a result. Ellsbury was at his best in the eight games he started while Crisp was hurt. In 40 plate appearances, he batted .313 (10 for 32) with a .450 on-base average, .594 slugging percentage, and 1.044 OPS. He had four extra-base hits, including two home runs, walked six times, scored 11 runs, and stole six bases. He has not started more than two consecutive games in center since, and has cooled off in his last 10 games - half of which he has started in center - batting .256 (10 for 39) with eight runs, one extra-base hit, a double, four walks, and five stolen bases. Heading into the season, it appeared the Red Sox would look to trade Crisp, allowing Ellsbury to become the everyday center fielder. But it hasn't happened yet. Ellsbury could be in for a breakout second half, though, if a trade were to be made -- providing him with everyday at-bats.