Re: Drew makes a difference
posted at 10/31/2013 8:02 AM EDT
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to LloydDobler's comment:
In response to S5's comment:
IMHO the reason defensive doesn't get more credit is because there are so few metrics to quantify it.
Even the most casual fan knows that a person batting .325 is a better hitter than a person batting .275. It's pretty straight-forward. When we go up the fandom scale a bit the more serious fans know about SLG %age and OBP and therefore recognize the value in OPS. And so on up the scale until you get to the "hardcores" like Moon and Notin who recognize the intricacies of offensive metrics. (Frequently beyond what I know, but I'm learning from others as I go along).
Defensive metrics are another story, with so many variables it's difficult for many people to wrrap their brains around them. Range factor and UZR are a bit subjective and therefore not as straight-forward, making them harder to understand. When we talk about the number of plays we expect an average SS to make we're talking about expectations as well as what an average SS will do. And if a SS gets to more balls than average, but makes more errors on those balls... is that a good thing or a bad thing?
If there were a way to say someone is a +10 SS we'd know that he's better defensively than a +2 SS and we'd have a hard number to work into this player's offensive numbers to determine his worth. There isn't and I don't see any way there's going to be so outstanding defense is going to continue to be underrated (IMO) in favor of offense.
Edited to add:
Good defense is like what Chief Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography. "I can't define it but I know it when I see it."
Exactly right. Sometimes, a player's value can be based on the good, old-fashioned eye test. And my eyes tell me Stephen Drew is a damn good defensive shortstop, the best we've had since at least Orlando Cabrera.
This is why I was telling everyone here that S.Drew is a defensive metric nightmare. Most of his numbers suggest hes not that good defensively, when in actuality hes an above average SS or better. Im not huge on defensive metrics. I understand them and use them to a point, but certainly do not make judgements based on just those numbers. Id rather see a player defensively to make that judgement.
Although Drew isnt hitting right now (the life of a streaky hitter) we all know hes a 750-800OPS SS and thats well above the league average of about 670-80.
Hes saved a number of runs this post season and He WILL get a big hit before its all over.
Oh, yes he did! And you've said this in a couple of threads. I think he heard you.
He did!!! ;)
You could feel it coming. Drew also told Naps he was gonna do it too.