Re: CF Defense, is it that important?
Originally Posted by Trajinous
I keep reading/hearing how one of the Red's biggest concern/weakness is center field defense. I wonder how important is CF defense anyways?
I haven't seen stats that are useful in comparing the impact but love to see it if anyone here could break it down. I personally see it as a negligible difference. Maybe we lose one game because Choo or Bruce can't run down a game-winning blooper. If CF defense is our biggest weakness then the NL should start worrying big time.
In simple terms, the difference between having a very good defensive CF and a very poor one is probably on the order of 3-4 wins or so. The difference between a merely above average one and below average one is more like 1-2 wins.
Defensively speaking, Stubbs is probably ~2 wins better than Choo.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.