There were plenty of guys up and down the lineup who had trouble with Steven Wright‘s knuckleball last night. And give credit where credit is due, he threw a lot of good ones. But nobody had a worse night at the plate than Jacoby Ellsbury. He took a silver sombrero with 3 strikeouts in his first 3 plate appearances against Wright and had the bad luck GIDP in his last. He swung and missed at a lot of pitches and didn’t seem like he was picking up the ball at all.
Those struggles were the continuation of a stretch of pretty poor hitting from Ellsbury. As I mentioned in the recap, he’s 6-38 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 games and he really hasn’t produced much since coming off the DL 4 weeks ago. Ellsbury hit just .215/.247/.354 in July and is at .133/.222/.333 in limited August PA. His post-DL slump has been overshadowed by the incredibly strong performance from the rest of the lineup, but on nights like last night it really sticks out. … Click here to read the rest