Was again talking to etwoncoug last night during the game. I brought up Marte thusly:
SABRMatt: Marte's cleaned up his defensive game quite a bit in the last two weeks.
etown: Not really. He had that really ugly error just yesterday.
SABRMatt: Not worried about occasional miscues, I'm talking more about the balls he's getting to.
etown: I think he will end up with 40-50 errors this year
SABRMatt: LOL, wut? Not even Russ Davis made errors at a sufficiently high enough rate to get there playing SS, and he was far more mistake prone. More like 28-33
etown: Davis wasn't a SS
SABRMatt: As I said...he's nowhere near as much of an airhead as Davis was.
etown: I just looked it up...huh...he only has 4 errors this year?
SABRMatt: It's all about the perceptions you've forged...he made a ton of errors in ST and three in the first five games
etown: I thought he had like 2 in this past weekend alone - he must have had a favorable hometown scorer
And later, after Iannetta threw a ball into a runner coming to 2B for a steal attempt in the 9th inning:
etown: Those are the errors you don't see in the box score
SABRMatt: That's not an error on Marte...that's on Iannetta - that was a bad throw...at best a 30% conversion rate for even the best of SSs
etown: You gotta catch those balls
SABRMatt: *blink blink*
SABRMatt: Nah...he's been doing a pretty good job receiving Iannetta's throws all year...that was a bad throw into the runner.
Perception is a powerful thing when it comes to how we evaluate defense. etown is on record saying he hates basically everything about Dipoto's offseason and thinks this is a bad team...he is looking for the mistakes...can't really blame him...we're all conditioned to figure out how they will let us down by now. To my eye, at least, however, Marte looks like an above average fielder who might play at only average to slightly above for a few years while he tightens up his decisionmaking and body work and gets used to the league.