Whether or not the voters agree or not is up in the air, but Tacoby Bellsbury (as I like to call him) has been the catalyst behind the Red Sox season. When they weren’t playing well at the beginning of the season he was there to try and get them out of their slump. When the Red Sox were hot during the summer months, Jacoby was still stealing bases, driving in runs, and getting on base. And now with the Red Sox reeling and possibly not even making the playoffs, Jacoby is there to bail them out with big hits in must win games.
Just today, Jacoby has become the first 30-30 player in Red Sox history. In the long history of the Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury is the first player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. That is incredible in itself. But that’s not all, check these gaudy stats out:
.322 batting average (5th in AL)
103 RBIs (7th in AL)
31 home runs (5th in AL)
38 stolen bases (4th in AL)
117 runs (3rd in AL)
208 hits (3rd in AL)
.928 OPS (6th in AL)
Not only are his offensive numbers all around amazing, he has also not made an error this season in the field. 0 errors.
I know others may vote for Curtis Granderson, Adrian Gonzalez, or Justin Verlander. But Granderson doesn’t have the average, Adrian Gonzalez doesn’t set the table and make plays on the bases like Jacoby, and Verlander plays once every 5 days.
If you have a vote for 2011 AL MVP and don’t vote Jacoby Ellsbury first on your ballot, you don’t understand where the Red Sox would be without him batting lead off. The Red Sox wouldn’t be in this epic collapse because they wouldn’t be first in the wild card race.