Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Is it too early to create a Grady "Size-mometer"?

Since I first speculated a month ago that Grady Sizemore could win the Red Sox starting center field job, I've been all-in on the Sizemore bandwagon.  After his 2-4 with a home run performance on Opening Day, I've decided it's time to debut the Sizemometer.  Who knows if he'll continue to have an earthquake like impact (what a seismometer measures, for anybody who didn't already get the pun) for Boston; but whatever he does do, I'm going to follow it.

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I've come to the conclusion that the best way to chart Sizemore's progress is through fantasy points (which basically awards one point per base, run and RBI), and to make it interesting I'm going to put him up against Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Yankees lured Ellsbury to New York for just over $21 million per season.  For the time being the Red Sox have replaced him with Sizemore at the bargain price of $750,000 (although there are options in his contract that should allow him to make $5-6 million this year if he stays healthy and plays regularly).

Sizemore earned 7 fantasy points on Tuesday, while Ellsbury went 0-4 in his Yankee debut last night, but did manage 2 points by walking and scoring a run.  It's a ridiculously unfair standard to expect Sizemore to match Ellsbury's numbers.  But imagine if he does?

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