It's not that Russell is the "steadier" defender, it's that he is the objectively superior defender.
We also won yesterday with his two out three run homer. Without him tying not, Heyward doesnt win it. When Russell can swing a bat consistently, I will talk about him.
I dont know how you come up with this stuff.It's not that Russell is the "steadier" defender, it's that he is the objectively superior defender.
At SS, Russell saves a run about every 7 games. Baez saves one every 19. Or, Russell is nearly three times better at generating DRS than Baez.
Like I've been saying, Russell not that type of player where he just gonna get his job back on day 1 after his suspension..
I did not invent DRS.I dont know how you come up with this stuff.
DRS accounts for this. Russell makes an out-of-zone play every 16 innings at SS. Baez makes one every 17.5 innings. Russell gets to more balls than Baez, not the other way around. Womp womp.How many outs has Javy got to just with his superior arm? How many balls does he get to that are simply ole'd by Russell? Its how many more out are gotten before more hitters can do more damage.
Ah, the obligatory "the nerds are ruining baseball" line from you. Guess what? Every single front office in baseball has embraced analytics. Know who the last holdout was? Baltimore. The trash heap of MLB.Pencil pushers can make any argument work in their favor.
The real argument is Russell's O.I did not invent DRS.
DRS accounts for this. Russell makes an out-of-zone play every 16 innings at SS. Baez makes one every 17.5 innings. Russell gets to more balls than Baez, not the other way around. Womp womp.
Ah, the obligatory "the nerds are ruining baseball" line from you. Guess what? Every single front office in baseball has embraced analytics. Know who the last holdout was? Baltimore. The trash heap of MLB.
The war's over gramps. You lost.
It still seems like no one has answered my question here... why do people care so much? Like I haven't heard anyone make a peep about Bryant playing the outfield or Heyward playing CF rather than his typical position. How's that any different than Baez playing 2B? If the argument is that Baez is the better defensive SS then OK I get people's logic. I don't agree with it but I understand it. But talking like Baez can't move off SS because he's an MVP candidate or w/e is pretty asinine in that Bryant moves off his position when it suits the daily line up.
That's ultimately my take on the issue. I don't know how much Russell is going to play. If i had to throw a SWAG at it I'd argue he probably gets like 50% of the games if he is anything close to what he was as a hitter pre suspension. I also don't think you want Javy playing 160 games again. He's a high effort guy who's very likely to pick up some minor bumps and bruises just from his style of play. And the rest of the team is pretty shitty at SS defensively. Plus javy has played all 23 games so far. If he ends up at like 140-150 games it makes sense to slot russell in that way.
I guess I'm just sitting here wondering why it matters which of the two plays SS when Russell plays. Both are strong defenders. If the cubs think russell is better at SS then who the fuck cares? It's not like Baez is suddenly a terrible hitter because he moved to 2B. He played 699.2 innings at 2B last year and 462.2 at SS and was still 2nd in the MVP voting. Likewise, if the cubs choose to play Russell at 2B who cares? You have gold glove caliber 2B then. Where they play is irrelevant.
What's relevant is whether or not Russell hits. I know most don't have much faith there but I'd argue honestly people are missing the point with putting him on the roster. The point there being they look at it like how do you give him playing time when others are performing. I look at it like this. Russell hit .286/.358/.407 109 wRC+ from April-June last year and then started to get really banged up. Having Bote, Zobrist and Descalso IMO gives you depth to play them if and when he gets banged up. If you get that out of him be it at SS or 2B and add it to the rest of an already pretty good line up then you're looking at and even better team. And if Russell doesn't hit that well then you have a pretty valuable defensive replacement off your bench.
And I mean sure finding playing time for Zobrist and Descalso especially might be hard should Russell hit but they are going to go out and give you pro at bats however you use them. They'd both be very strong pinch hitters plus both can basically play all over the infield as well as LF and in Zobrist's case RF. So they are pretty ideal in double switch situations.
I live in a world in which both Baez and Russell can be on the same field at the same time, preferably at their optimal defensive positions. Which one do you live in? Because you're speaking as if only one of them can be on the field at a time, and we're forced to choose between Baez's bat or Russell's glove. It's bizarre, because that's not the case.The real argument is Russell's O.
Your arguement holds little value right now.
Point being Almora has a 18 wRC+ and is barley seeing action for it. Regardless of his DRS.
So spare us the whole holy Grail of D is King bull shit.
What it will come down to us is wRC+ is king. DRS is not.
If you have 2 equal O players DRS is a factor on who plays. It is also who is pitching. Sinker pitcher will mandate a better IF D then you are better off saving runs.
But as we are seeing Almora is not every day. No bat no play.
So don't post any front office BS logic when it is not true with this team. They are trying to win games and that means they need guys that hit.
Who is playing every day.
Baez, Contreras. Heyward. They are all raking. Who is not Schwarber and Almora. They are slumping.
Simple as that.
Bryant and Rizzo are getting preference IMO.