ESPN: On Roberto Hernandez’s Sunday Start and the Phillies’ Infield Defense

ESPN: On Roberto Hernandez’s Sunday Start and the Phillies’ Infield Defense

At ESPN’s Sweet Spot, I looked at what could be the start of a trend in Roberto Hernandez‘s start against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. The Phillies have a ground ball-prone rotation and need their infield defense to be superb. One contributor has unsurprisingly been a detriment, so they need to keep the grounders away from him, or implement a heavier infield shift.

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  1. Bob

    May 05, 2014 06:43 PM

    Hasn’t Asche been just as bad if not worse than Howard?

    • Bill Baer

      May 05, 2014 06:58 PM

      No, at least according to hit rate. 45º to 30º on the left side (mirroring Howard), Phillies have allowed a .260 average to the league’s .253.

      • Bob

        May 05, 2014 07:04 PM

        Just for clarification is that just for Asche’s games played there? I know Nix and Galvis have been seeing some time over there with some spot starts and late inning replacement work. Thanks.

      • Bill Baer

        May 05, 2014 07:14 PM

        Unfortunately, the database doesn’t let me narrow it down to specific fielders, only batted balls in a certain location, so it includes Galvis and Nix.

      • Bob

        May 06, 2014 10:16 AM

        Thanks. Hopefully, they’ll improve the database in the future. I looked at Asche’s defensive stats on Fangraphs, and they’re scary. I know 3B is a tougher position than 1B, but it looks like Asche might be a bigger defensive liability than Howard up to this point.

      • Bob

        May 06, 2014 11:58 PM

        Sure. I take it with a grain of salt. I try and look at all the defensive stats on Fangraphs – not just UZR. Not much of anything is reliable in a one month sample, but it’s still fun to talk about it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have much to talk about early in the season.

    • mark66

      May 07, 2014 10:45 AM

      When you figure in their salaries it’s not even close

  2. Bob

    May 07, 2014 12:13 AM

    And can’t I look at UZR from all 3b this year so far and say some are playing better defense than others? And can’t I say that up to this point this year, Asche hasn’t been playing good defense, but that’s based on a small sample size and he could improve so we shouldn’t draw any long term conclusions except that he hasn’t been good thus far?

    • Bill Baer

      May 07, 2014 02:06 AM

      Sure, it’s just good to know the limitations of the stat. It was a good opening to say that. Even if you’re aware of it, there may be some who are reading who didn’t know.

  3. mark66

    May 07, 2014 10:50 AM

    Given how much this team makes in salary they are super under achievers. No chemistry, run the bases like amateurs. This team is showing they need to be totally rebuilt. And Hamels–he should give his salary back for not performing anywhere near what he is being paid.

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