Re: Iglesias Has Been Pasting the Ball
posted at 3/26/2013 9:57 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Drew has been dealing with a major ankle injury since 2011..Theres your 2 years. And Ive already gone over not relying totally on defensive metrics. They dont tell the whole story and in no way shhape or form can possibly make up for every variable that defense has. Ask most MLB players and theydont care for them either. Now, offensive and pitching metrics can at least show you trends and are a bit more predictable.
Then look at his numbers before 2011. He's still near the bottom in plays made (range).
He's still got a pin in his foot. Why should we expect increase range from the point he was prior to the injury?
SD positions himself to the pitch thrown, the batters tendencies and the situation on the field. Hes hardly ever in the wrong spot, which allows him to get to a lot of balls. That makes up for his poor range. It doesnt mean hes as good as Iggy, not at all. But it certainly doesnt mean hes as bad as those defensive metrics say he is.
1) You assume he positions himself better than others and Iggy. How many games have you watched him play?
2) If he psoitioned himself so well, why is he always belwo average in plays made?
Im not a big fan for defensive metrics. I take them into consideration, but not as much as offense and pitching. You can throw all those numbers at me and I will still tell you the same thing about Drew. Hes not as bad as the defensive metrics say.
Why? What are you basing your opinion on? If he was on the Yanks, would you feel the same way?
Even if the guy is average on D, Iggy will make 40-50 more plays than him in 2013 over 150 games.
Easy bro...Im not comparing him to Iggy nor did I ever assume or even suggest he positions himself better than Iggy. I even said hes no where near as good defensivelythan him. Not sure how you came to that conclusion. I could care less what team he is on. Do you really think Im that shallow to even suggest how I feel about a players defense coincides with what uniform he wears? Come on Moon, give me a little more credit than that. DJ is on NY and I think he was one of the best SS to play.
Im just simply saying hes not as bad as those defensive metrics say. Thats all. I think Ive seen enough games and talked to enough people around him to come to that conclusion. (Up until I moved back to NH I produced and worked behind the scenes for a couple sports talk shows) If we went strictly by those metrics, he shouldnt even be at SS. Once again, hes not AS BAD as the numbers suggest. It doesnt mean hes better than Iggy, It doesnt even mean hes a great SS. It means hes not AS BAD.
I understand why they signed him. I dont agree with the $$, but the reason. Iggy gave no reason to believe he would be able to hit MLB pitching at a good enough rate to warrant a starting SS job last year. They bought their insurance (Drew). Nobody could predict that he would bulk up and do what hes done so far. Im not totally convinced and would like for Iggy to get more consistent AB's before saying hes ready offensively. But he looks more confident at the plate and has made some solid contact. We can move Drew if need be and eat a little $$. It was the right move IMO.