With three more clouts yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury has now hit more home runs during the 2011 season (31) than he hit in the minor and major leagues combined from 2005-2010 (30). Here are some tidbits on Ellsbury's tater binge this year.
- Ellsbury has hit 12 homers apiece in hitter's and pitcher's counts, and seven in even counts.
- The lefty hitter is the anti-Adrian Gonzalez, pulling 25 of his homers to right field, going deep to center four times and going the opposite way twice.
- Ellsbury is doing almost all of his damage on pitches below the letters. Just one home run has been on a pitch located high in the strike zone, compared to 21 on pitches located in the middle and nine thrown low:
- Thirty of his dingers have been on pitches located within the strike zone.
- Fifteen of Ellsbury's homers have come at Fenway, and 16 have come on the road.
- Right-handed pitchers have been victimized 26 times, and leties five times.
- Here's a breakdown of how many homers Ellsbury has hit aganst each pitch type:
- Ellsbury has saved his most prodigious slugging for September, averaging a season-best 393 feet on his seven homers this month. He averaged 375 feet on his round-trippers from April-August.
- Ellsbury's 31 shots place him fifth all-time among Red Sox center fielders, according to Baseball-Reference. Here's the rest of the top five:
1. Tony Armas, 43 (1984)
2. Fred Lynn, 39 (1979)
3. Armas, 36 (1983)
4. Carl Everett, 34 (2000)
5. Ellsbury, 31 (2011)
- Measured by OPS+, Ellsbury's big homer season (146 OPS+) ranks ahead of those of Armas (85 in '83, 121 in '84) and Everett (135), but well behind Lynn (176).