Originally Posted by RedlegJake
We just have to disagree on this junkhead....defense is generally underrated by most fans, imo. Pitching will appear worse than it really is, "gift" hits give the opponent more opportunities, can change the momentum of an inning or extend it, and in CF those gifts are often of the XBH variety. I don't think Doug overstated the number of gift hits that Choo likely allows with his extremely poor UZR. In an analysis of this team's problems this year, Choo in CF is way back on the list but it IS on the list.
Except for a game against Cards in early April, Do you remember a single instance in which Choo's poor defense changed the momentum of a game?
I bet you don't remember.
That's why I am saying that we are giving too much weight to the defense.
Of course, you could tell about run-saving defense(robbing home run, for example).
But, that type of defense is rare.
Finally, Do you know that the defensive metric is quite inaccurate and has a considerable flaw when compared with the offensive stats?