Re: Varitek in September
posted at 9/22/2011 10:20 PM EDT
We win when he catches.
I've seen your "research based" evidence. The fact remains we win way more when Vtek catches and the trend has been steady for several years, despite his steep decline in defensive performance as measured by throwing and blocking the plate.
You immediately did exactly what I knew you would do, which is ignore how pitiful a defender Varitek is and how pitiful he is in the last part of the season.
I have never disputed the fact that VTek has declined steeply in defense as measured by CS%, blocking the plate, and makin plays in front of the plate.
CS%: 14% is awful. However, every catcher that comes to Boston sees a steep decline in their CS% due to the ineptitude of the staff and the team philosophy of not holding runners.
PB/WP: He's had 8 PBs in his last 200+ games. It does seem like there are more WPs recently, but I don't have the numbers.
Fielding in front of the plate: RF/9 is up, but I do not trust that as evidence that he is more mobile. I concede he is worse.
Posting partial season OPS numbers for a guy who can field the position is one thing, Varitek can't field the position.
You were the one who brought up his offense as being horrible. By showing you were wrong on that point for about the 50th time, shows that you get an idea in your head, believe it to be a fact, then never let go, no matter how much evidence is presented to prove you wrong. You expect a catcher to hit .290 with an OPS of .850, then gte in line. (By the way, how's the Minnesota and Florida small market strategy working compared to TB's?)
Reynolds made sure Varitek was a loser catcher. Your anecdotal nonsense is just that, nonsense.
I didn't argue with your defensive evaluation of VTek. I said we "win more" with VTek, and we do. We don't win because he hits well, but we don't lose because of his hitting either. He's about an average hitting STARTING catcher in MLB, but he's putting up the numbers in a back-up role. You still think his offense is a weakness of this team. You are still the same old silly clown.
You refuse to recognize a catcher's intangibles that contribute to teams increased or decreased chances of winning. You'll call it voodoo even if you flip heads 100 times in a row.
Lowell died hard. Varitek is so pitiful he has his girlfriend claiming he can play another 3 years.
You bashed Mikey mercilessly after you had called for him to platoon with Papi. You then bashed other posters for even daring to platoon Papi and called all of them racists. How messed up is that?
I don't think another team would have Varitek for more than a minor league contract. But if so, may they invest innings in an old womanizer.
You'd think it was your woman with all the hatred you vent towards him.
You must really hate OCab, Boggs and the many other players who cheat and womanize. Oh yeah, "hate" is a word only liberals can use.