Re: I give Lav credit
posted at 5/20/2013 1:28 PM EDT
I use my eyes.
I watch every inning of every game every year.
I have said Salty has looked bad at stopping pitches in the dirt this year, but it is a small sample size compared to last year's very good job stopping bad pitches. A fact that many here chose to not see even though you were supposedly watching the games not the numbers.
The numbers reflect how many balls got by Salty as a runner advanced. He was something like the 5th best ctahcer in MLB in WP + PB per inning caught. You can't have been terrible last year at blocking bad pitches and put up those numbers over 800 innings, yet softy & Co chose to stick to their preconcieved notions and spout lies and distortions.
It's not "spin", BILL. It's facts. It's not stats "Burrito", it's using my eyes and supporting my beliefs and observations with data.
Salty has improved over the years, but some of you can't deal with that. You pegged him as a "butcher", a "slacker" or a "poor hitter" way back when, and somehow there is no room in your paradigm for growth. Like if somehow salty gets better, it means you were wrong about him 3 years ago.
I was a big Salty basher in 2011 and the start of last year. I was watching the games, and I noticed improvement blocking the plate, working with the staff, and hitting the ball. I looked to see if the numbers supported my beliefs, and they did. I did not use tiny sample sizes. I did not pick and choose new stats to make my point like the clown does. I have used the same numbers I have used for decades. Most of the data shows Salty has improved over the period from 2010 to early 2012. He still has major issues in soem areas, but he is still young enough to continue improving. His .335+ OBP is a major step in the right direction, but non of you are obsrving the improvement. All you are seeing is more K's, more WPs, more PBs in a quarter season sample size and then are rushing to contruct the gallows.
Catching is not a weakness of this team. Throwing yes, but overall the defense is average at worst, the future prospects are bright, the offense is top 10 right now. I don't need numbers to believe this. It's true.