Re: Is Heisey now the incumbent?
Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
I don't know if I believe the metrics around Stubbs' defense, but if I'm playing along, I could see how Heisey's aggressiveness and willingness to lay out for a ball could bridge the gap considering Drew's timidness around the wall and on balls falling in front of him.
It might not be a necessary thing for a good defender, but off the top of my head, I can't recall even one time Drew has dived for a ball.
Dive? Heck, on those balls in front of him, I don't remember him ever even catching one on the run or while he was moving. He runs to a spot and if he can't beat the ball there and catch it while standing still, he pulls up and plays it on the hop. Its why so many hits fall in front of him. I think UZR is pretty shaky but if Stubbs UZR is unimpressive, those plays he doesn't make in front of him are why IMO.
I don't really want him to dive. but he doesn't need to pull up when the ball is still 15 feet in the air and two steps in front of him.
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Last edited by mth123; 09-01-2012 at 02:30 PM.