Originally Posted by kaldaniels
You know...I got fed up tonight and threw this thread up...without really weighing his defense/managing pitchers into the equation...but I really feel you can't justify his numbers at the plate the more and more I think about it.
I have said it before and will say it again here, his much vaunted defense often comes at a great expense both to the pitcher's era and the final box score
With runners in stealing position he too often sets up on the outside of the plate (right handers) so that he gets that extra leverage and jump to throw to second. Where it works, he looks like a great defensive catcher.
The scouting reports on him tells the hitters to sit back and wait on this pitch and the next thing you know 1 or 2 runs have scored.
Pitcher gets the blame.:thumbdown
A few weeks ago Javy called for an inside curve ball on an obvious stealing count/situation. The pitcher threw it, struck out the batter for out number 2out and the runner went to 2nd base.
The other team announcers made a big point of how important (and unselfish) it was for the catcher to sacriface his stats for the good of the team.
Ross would never have called for that pitch.
If all you are looking at is post game stats Ross's stand out as a good-very good defensive catcher.
If you watch game films, you see an entirely different picture. You see a catcher who is more concerned about the runner stealing 2nd than the batter getting a hit for extra bases and/or RBI's and you see a catcher is early in the season would not call inside pitches for the guys out of the Pen, which IMHO contributed to a number of blown saves and a great deal of criticism of the bull pen.
Our best runs of the season came when Ross wasn't catching every game.
While they still play him more than I think they should, maybe the FO sees this to and that is why their first round pick in the draft was a catcher.