Re: Saltalamacchia signs for $2.5 million...
posted at 1/16/2012 5:25 PM EST
The difference between a .200 and .240 hitter is just 20 hits over 500 ABs.
If Scutaro bats .280, he'd get about 40 more hits than iggy at .240. Are you saying Iggy will only make about 40 more plays than Scutaro over a full season on defense? (Making them even in your eyes)
Did you mean "than Iggy at .200?" Just as the difference between .200 and .240 is 20 hits, so is the difference between .240 and .280.
Yes, I meant to say "40 hits between .200 and .280." Someone said Iggy needs to hit .240 to be worth it, but I am trying to show that he could hit .200 or even .180 and still win more games for us than scutaro hitting .280, but making 60-100 less plays than Iggy.
I happen to agree with you on playing Iggy over Scutaro, btw. But your comparison of hits allowed to hits made cannot be accurately assessed. Almost all of those hits allowed will be singles. Not all of Scut's hits will be singles; some will be doubles, some triples and some HRs. Iggy has singles power at best right now. He doesn't even make solid enough contact to hit the gaps and get a lot of doubles.
I mentioned this point earlier, and it is valid, but also think about how many runners will not try to score on Iggy as the cut-off man ve Scutty, and how many might be thrown out at the plate. These are huge factors in close games as well. Also, turning DPs makes a difference.
About 35% of Scutaros hits are for extra bases. Iggy might be about 15%-20% with less HRs. I still think Iggy making 80-100 plays more than Scutty on defense makes up for 40 less hits, even if all 40 of those hits are 30 doubles, 3 triples and 7 HRs.
What hurts this team is that it is spending 8.1 million on SS and not getting a complete player out of it. Complicating the assessment further is the question of how many of those hits allowed turn into defacto doubles because of stolen bases or throwing errors. And then you have to ask this question: how many of the hits allowed led to runs vs. how many of the hits made led to runs? The argument is, in the end, about run differential.
I agree, but also consider the dejected feeling of pitchers who induce a slow roller to SS, only to see the player reach base. Or when a players scores on a cut-off throw by a few inches.
Having a great fielding SS improves a pitcher's pyche (confidence) as well as his numbers.