Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
In the macro that's true but in the micro you cannot forget to score runs. If you had 8 Paul Janish's around the diamond you are gonna lose more (probably a lot more) than you win. With a pretty good run preventing unit. True or not?
Absolutely, and that will show up in your differential. Getting 20 runs better at prevention at the cost of 20 runs of offense accomplishes nothing. But even if your offense sucks, you benefit more from improving your defense by an additional 20 runs than by improving your offense by 10. It's the change in the differential that matters, not which side you're affecting.
The point is that you can never just focus on or the other. For position players, they always both count.