Re: Scuturo is garbage
posted at 7/26/2011 5:13 PM EDT
This thread is garbage.
How is Scutaro a bust or a blunder? He wasn't signed to be an All-Star. He wasn't signed to be a long-term solution at SS. He was signed to be a decent stop-gap SS who plays hard, will make the occasional play and won't kill you offensively.
He's been exactly that. He's been consistent at the plate. Throughout his career he's been around a .26something and .690-.720 OPS with a couple of spike-sesons that were a bit better. The last couple of years, including this year, he's shown low double-digit power (his 5 HRs in 210 AB this year is a pace of 12-14 for 500-plus ABs).
And for all the handwringing about his arm, it has rarely hurt. He had that bad inning at the beginning of last week (I think it was) but he's made some excellent plays since then. He saved a run early last night by knocking down that ball hit in the hole and not even Ozzie Smith would have been able to throw out the batter.
His fielding percentage as a SS with the Sox was .966 last year and is .977 this year. Now I know fielding percentage by itself isn't a great evaluator of defensive prowess, but it's a start. By comparison, since so many like to drool over Cabrera, Cabrera's fielding percentage in his two months with Boston was .966. and while he hit decent with Boston in those two months (.294 BA, .785 OPS), since leaving Boston, he has a .277 BA and a .699 OPS and hasn't hit double figures in homers.
A lot of fans love Cabrera because he was part of the 2004 team, and that's fair enough. But what he did since leaving is barely an upgrade over what Scutaro has given.
For all the compaints about Scutaro's arm, it has rarely cost the Sox and I've seen him make some nice throws on double plays or from the hole. His range isn't great -- about average -- but I've seen him make some nice stops up the middle or in the hole.
Not every player has to be an All-Star to contribute. For the way Scutaro has played -- he had a lot of big hits last year -- and his willingness to play hurt, he should be the type of player fans always root for.