FanPost

I don't understand defensive statistics...

I've never been much of a stat guy. I find stats to be highly overrated and don't tell the whole story. This goes for any sport. But I was just on baseball-reference.com looking up Alcides Escobar and Starlin Castro's numbers. I'm both a Royals and a Cubs fan, by the way. Last year, I argued with a fellow Cubs fan that Escobar had more upside than Castro because Escobar is much better defensively and a better baserunner. But I'm looking at their dWAR and Castro is sitting at 1.4, while Alcides is at -0.4.

I watch both teams very closely. I will concede that I have been less impressed with Escobar defensively this year than last year. He hasn't made as many spectacular plays. And I will also say that Castro has improved defensively. He was very mediocre last year. But he's still average at best, defensively. Although I wouldn't grade Escobar as highly as I did last year, I'd still say he's definitely well above average. There is absolutely no way in hell any objective eye could watch both Castro and Escobar this year and come to the conclusion - without looking at any stats - that Starlin Castro has been superior defensively. No way..

So somebody explain to me how things such as dWAR, UZR, etc are calculated. I know I've seen some of you mention that these stats aren't accurately reflected over small sample sizes. I'm very clueless when it comes to defensive stats and when I saw the dWAR numbers for Castro and Escobar, I just shook my head.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker