We all heard of Ellsbury's 7-year, $153 million dollar contract with the Yankees. But the true question is is he worth the deal? Let's find out by comparing him to Gardner.
First off, you should know that I will exclude the 2007, 2010 and 2011 seasons of Ellsbury and the 2008 and 2012 seasons of Gardner.
O.K, so first off, let's check their spped stats, aka stolen bases and the percentage. over the 4 years I am conducting this comparision on, Ellsbury has had 186 stolen bases and has only been caught a grand total of 30 times. This adds up to a 86.1% success pate. Gardner has had 146 stolen bases and has only been caught 35 times, for about an 81% success rate. So, Ellsbury is better at the running game. Point: Ellsbury
Now, to the on-base percentage. Jacoby's on-base in years compared is .340 averaged. Gardner's is .354. So, Brett gets on base more. Point: Gardner
Next, to the K's. Ellsbury has 289 k's over the 4 years, of 72.25 strikeouts per year. Gardner has 361 strikeouts, or 90.25 k's per season. Ellsbury wins this one. Poiny: Ellsbury
Now, to the runs scored.Jacoby has 327 runs scored or 81.75 per season, meanwhile Brett has 313, or 78.25 per year. Point: Ellsbury
Next, to doubles. Ellsbury has 98, 24.5 per year to Gardner's 78 or 19.5 per season. Pillsbury wins again.
Now, to triples. Jacoby has 25, or 6.25 per year. Gardner has 31, 7.75 per season. Finally, Gardner wins, score now 4-2 in favor of Ellsbury.
Now, to homers and RBIs. Ellsbury has an average of 7.5 homers and 46.5 RBIs to Brett's 5.75 homers and 39.5 runs batted in. Pillsbury wins again.
Next, to the grounded into double plays. Jacoby has had an average of 9.75 of these over the 4 years, while Gardner has only grounded into 5.5 per year. Gardner wins.
So, to tally it all up, Ellsbury has Gardner beat by a score of 5 to 3. But, still is he worth the amount of money he got. I don't think so, how do you feel?