Originally Posted by TRF
I'm taking Brisco's side on this. It's simple human behavior. Stats can be looked at in a vacuum, but the human element cannot be discounted. It's like the shut down closer argument. A team breathes a sigh of relief when Hell's Bells blasted in SD, because they "knew" the game was over. But, theoretically, any good pitcher on the roster can get those outs.
A bad defense can weigh on a pitcher, just like in any profession. If i am working with idiots, i put more pressure on myself to do well, for the project, company, whatever. Athletes are not immune to the human condition.
Except Stubbs isn't a great defender.
He's... okay. Decent. Solidly average, perhaps above so.
If you're into analogies, Drew Stubbs: CF defense :: Alex Gonzalez: SS defense.
I simply don't think any pitcher is going to lose all that much sleep over that type of defender being sent packing.
They would, however, be overjoyed at the constant 1-0 or 2-0 leads a Choo- Phillips- Votto troika will produce.