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  • #46
    Originally posted by Jeff Pico View Post
    PS, maybe we should start another thread......

    Theriot vs. Cedeno

    I would like Ronny to get more PT. Theriot is a guy I LOVE to have on the bench, but not in the starting lineup.
    I debated this ad nauseum here and at Cubshub.com. Not sure if others have the energy to debate this anymore, but personally I'm done with the topic. Long story short, I was in favor of sitting Theriot and making him a bench guy, and starting Cedeno. Despite Theriot's recent streak, I still feel the same.
    To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Jeff Pico View Post
      PS, maybe we should start another thread......

      Theriot vs. Cedeno

      I would like Ronny to get more PT. Theriot is a guy I LOVE to have on the bench, but not in the starting lineup.
      Well Lou has worked both into the lineup today but not at the best defensive arrangement; Theriot at SS and Cedeno at 2B. Why Lou why?
      What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
      Line Drive: .356
      HBP: .342
      Non-Intentional Walk: .315
      Intentional Walk: .176
      Outfield Fly: .035
      Groundball: -.101
      Bunts: -.103
      Infield Fly: -.243
      Strikeout: -.287
      It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
        Well Lou has worked both into the lineup today but not at the best defensive arrangement; Theriot at SS and Cedeno at 2B. Why Lou why?
        My theory is Lou's method of evaluating defense is probably the outdated fielding percentage, which is just the converse of errors. Cedeno's made a few errors, so maybe in Lou's mind, Theriot's the better SS defensively.
        To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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        • #49
          I thought this was the Matt Murton vs Felix Pie thread. My mistake.

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          • #50
            Hey Bob,

            Do you know if Pie can bunt for singles? He's got the speed, but don't recall seeing him do that in the few times I've seen him play. Some guys have very high success rates when bunting for singles. I'm wondering if he's one of them.
            To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
              Hey Bob,

              Do you know if Pie can bunt for singles? He's got the speed, but don't recall seeing him do that in the few times I've seen him play. Some guys have very high success rates when bunting for singles. I'm wondering if he's one of them.
              He's never really laid them down with regularity and it's never been a part of game despite being a table setter much of his career. Just like Corey Patterson, Pie's speed and lefthanded stick would give him an advantage of laying one down for a hit ala Brett Butler but the organization has been more worried about keeping his K's down and his stroke lean. In the 06-07 offseason (where Pie didn't get the MLB callup), the Cubs had Pie working with special adviser Bobby Dernier on his basestealing technique and leadoff hitter skills. Pie is one of our fastest runners on the team but he gets poor pitcher reads and bad jumps, elsewise he'd be a 50 SB candidate.
              What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
              Line Drive: .356
              HBP: .342
              Non-Intentional Walk: .315
              Intentional Walk: .176
              Outfield Fly: .035
              Groundball: -.101
              Bunts: -.103
              Infield Fly: -.243
              Strikeout: -.287
              It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
                My theory is Lou's method of evaluating defense is probably the outdated fielding percentage, which is just the converse of errors. Cedeno's made a few errors, so maybe in Lou's mind, Theriot's the better SS defensively.
                I was thinking that Lou's warped mind was concentrating more on their bats. In that Ryan is hot hitting and it's been from the SS position, why mess with it. While Ronny is starting to hit but it was as a 2B, that less pressure from not playing SS is good for his mental game. But that's just my theory...

                If Ronny keeps on hitting though, I wonder what Lou does with one of his favorites in Theriot. I want it to turn into Theriot as the supersub subbing at 2B, SS, etc yet I doubt that happens.
                What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                Line Drive: .356
                HBP: .342
                Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                Intentional Walk: .176
                Outfield Fly: .035
                Groundball: -.101
                Bunts: -.103
                Infield Fly: -.243
                Strikeout: -.287
                It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
                  He's never really laid them down with regularity and it's never been a part of game despite being a table setter much of his career. Just like Corey Patterson, Pie's speed and lefthanded stick would give him an advantage of laying one down for a hit ala Brett Butler but the organization has been more worried about keeping his K's down and his stroke lean. In the 06-07 offseason (where Pie didn't get the MLB callup), the Cubs had Pie working with special adviser Bobby Dernier on his basestealing technique and leadoff hitter skills. Pie is one of our fastest runners on the team but he gets poor pitcher reads and bad jumps, elsewise he'd be a 50 SB candidate.
                  Thanks for the info. So right now, Pie's speed is good for defense, infield hits and baserunning (as opposed to basestealer).

                  Baseball Prospectus made a couple of interesting observations about Pie. First, they back up your argument that Pie is one of the best if not the best defensive CFs in the game. Extrapolating to a 162 game season, Pie has the highest SFR (simple fielding runs) of any CF in the game, and has the highest of anyone since Terrence Long in 2004. Over 162 games, Pie would have had a SFR of 40.1. That's 40 runs better than the average CF (add that to the runs he creates as a hitter, and it's easy to see why his overall contributions have substantial value). That's 2 times better than any CF whose name does not sound like a breakfast cereal. That's 67 runs better than a guy who can't field, like Nick Swisher. Pie's throwing prowess wasn't rate adjusted, but with his arm, he's even more valuable than SFR would indicate. If I remember correctly, BP recently also noted that Pie is one of the better baserunners, which makes sense given he knows how to read the ball off bats and has great speed.
                  To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                  • #54
                    Let's just hope he learns how to read the ball off his own bat a little better.
                    Senior Editor/Featured Writer for Home Of The Chiefs

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                    • #55
                      I don't think fielding metrics have a good handle on Wrigley Field. Virtually anybody who plays half their games at Wrigley end up looking like gods according to fielding metrics.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
                        I don't think fielding metrics have a good handle on Wrigley Field. Virtually anybody who plays half their games at Wrigley end up looking like gods according to fielding metrics.
                        Uh, no. No other Cubs outfelder was in the top six when rate adjusted. Jones wasn't in there. Soriano wasn't in the top six either. Fields might have some impact, but to say playing half the games at Wrigley makes anyone look good is a gross overgeneralization.
                        Last edited by Scartissue; 04-23-2008, 07:47 AM.
                        To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                        • #57
                          I meant Cf'ers.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Ubiquitous View Post
                            I meant Cf'ers.
                            Doesn't matter if you limit to CFs. Cumulative study between 2003 to 2007 doesn't favor Cub CFs (non of the 3 CFs named in top ten was Cubs). Jones played even more time at CF than anyone else, and played the majority of 2007 in CF, and didn't crack the top 6 on a rate adjusted basis. Patterson had similar metrics before and after leaving Wrigley (and by Dewan's plus minus system, had his best year at Baltimore). Lance Johnson's metrics before and after he left for one year to the Mets is comparable (and in fact his first year with the Mets was better than his prior year with the Cubs).
                            To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                            • #59
                              And if Reed Johnson looks godlike to you playing CF, it's time for you to consider switching religions.
                              To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                              • #60
                                Well, I don't think it's fair to say Felix Pie's the best defensive CF in the game based on statistics quite yet. I will say i've seen him take some questionable routes and his jumps aren't spectacular. That being said, he's certainly not bad.

                                My problem with using statistics to measure Felix Pie's prowess lies in several things. First off, he's had a very small sample to draw from. Not to mention, defensive statistics are unreliable and do not always necessarily agree with each other. Not criticizing anybody, but SFR shouldn't be seriously considered as the end-all, say-all statistic in rating how good he is. BP still considers that metric to be in a beta phase. Also, the year to year performance of fielders is highly variable as well, given his small sample size, he may be performing at a rate that differs from his natural ability. Terrence Long is the record holder for SFR as well. I took a quick glance at some metrics concerning Long (because I've always considered him to be below average). Given partial playing, his win share rate was still spectacularly low, he wasn't making a ton of out-of-zone plays, his RZR was very low, and his RF was below league average except in left (whoopeee). Clearly, there's some inconsistencies to be worked out in that stat. It may have been skewed by his abnormally high kill rate that year...

                                A note about Cubs' CFers. Given the variability between years, I'd say Cubs CFers are the hardest to rate. The only guys I can remember that have started there for more than a single season in recent history are Brian McRae and Corey Patterson. Names such as Damon Buford, Gary Matthews, Lance Johnson and Juan Pierre immediately come to mind.

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