Re: Iggy is once again showing us why he deserves to be starting...
posted at 6/12/2013 9:49 AM EDT
In response to ThefourBs' comment:
In response to BurritoT-'s comment:
I found it is the self-ordained positive poster, the non-hater poster types that are downplaying Iggy's performance. They are likely the same ones who support and praise every move Theo or Ben make. They will call for Drew to play until the day the manager or general manager announce Iggy is the starting short-stop going forward.
Or, play Drew against lefties, like most of the "non-haters" have been saying.
Why play Drew vs LHPs? That's setting him up on a platter for the "haters".
Setting him up to fail.
Drew bats left-handed. His splits are:
vs LHPs: .652 (.696 career)
vs RHPs: .748 (.782 career)
There in lies the problem. Drew is supposed to be the better hitter vs RHPs, and we face RHPs about 65% of the time. That makes Iggy a part-time SS, if you believe the larger sample size numbers and don't believe that a great fielding SS (Iggy) should play over a mediocre or slightly above average one (Drew).
Iggy career in MLB:
vs LHPs: .854
vs RHPs: .688
However, vs RHPs this year, Iggy is at 1.036 in 56 PAs. That's about 300 points higher than Drew this year or over his career. Hard to ignore despite the sample size arguments.
The other option is to play Iggy at SS vs LHPs and at 3B vs almost all RHPs. That way, he plays nearly every game, Drew plays vs RHPs over Middlebrooks, at least until Middy shows signs of coming to life, and Middlebrooks plays only about 40% of the games (35% vs LHPs plus a handful of games vs RHPs).
I'm all for playing Iggy FT. I've held this position since the ST of 2012. Now that he is hitting lights out, it is a crime to sit him more than a normal FT'er sits.