Re: which is better. A good bat, bad glove like Iglesias or Drew who can field but can't hit?
posted at 10/26/2013 5:10 PM EDT
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Baseball is a funny game.
I do find it funny that all the posters who wanted Drew to start over Iggy based on valuing the plus offensive disparity more than the minus defensive disparity are now taking the side that defense is most important and that poor hitting is acceptable as long as you are fielding well from the SS position.
This is a bit simplistic. I've always valued good defense at SS and wouldn't have minded Iggy at SS in the long run. Because of how bad Iggy looked last fall, which is why Drew was brought in, I wanted Drew at SS because in the big picture, I felt Drew was a better hitter (2nd half of season Drew is what I expected) and the defensive drop off at SS wasn't very big.
Drew was been exceptional defensively at SS. I always felt the gain you got at SS with Iggy wasn't enough to make up for what Drew (2nd-half Drew) could give at the plate. So those of us who supported Drew -- it wasn't a case of valuing offense over defense as much as we (or at least me) felt Iggy's defensive gain was negligible.
So in the postseason, yeah, I don't mind Drew at SS despite his defensive struggles because defense is important, so much more so in the postseason. I don't know what Bogaerts will give defensively, but I do know what Drew will give.
And Drew has had two bad streaks this year and both times got hot, so there's also the track record of him getting hot.
Sorry. I'm not buying the defense is more impertant in the playoffs line. Most of the Drew over Iggy people were adamant about how a team could not support a weak bat no matter how great a fielder Iggy was. Now, suddenly, defense is all that matters as Drew looks worse than a pitcher batting these days.
I'm fine with playing Drew. I admit I was wrong about his defensive limitations. He's better than Bogey at this point in Bogey's career. I just think drew needs to regroup a bit. One game off is what I suggest, but I'll understand if he plays every game.
(Note: Middy is better than Iggy at 3B, so the trade off on SS defense would be nearly wiped out by the gain in 3B Defense.)