Re: Postseason Scoreboard watching....
Originally Posted by Phhhl
One thing I have to wonder about the Braves... how is that club the best defensive team in the NL? Uggla has always been an absolute butcher at second base. I get the outfield of Bourne, Heyward and Prado. But Chipper is just slightly above average as a defender, and if there is any doubt about him as a Hall of famer it is that part of his game that suggests the controversy. I am assuming that Freeman is good at first, and that they didn't miss much at short whether it was Simmons, Janish or Pasternicky. But, McCann is not a good defensive catcher, and he played way more often than Ross.
So, this was a good defensive club with some glaring flaws. But, how is it better than the Reds, with outstanding defenders at every position on the field day in and day out, with the possible exception of left field when Ludwick is in there (who is still decent)? What metric is in use? Fielding percentage?
I know one thing. The Reds have not played a single ballgame as badly on defense the entire season as the Braves did on Wild Card Friday. That was a pathetic showing for the "best defensive club in the NL". It would be quite a conincidence if they chose their most important ballgame of the season to reveal their flaws.
I do think defense is an aspect of the game that the Reds can exploit in the postseason to win because it is a true attribute.
I would think it would be fielding percentage. That range seems horrible on the infield.
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