TheBookPolice wrote:Did you catch the title of this thread? [...]
I'm saying that the Brewers are a better team than the Cubs right now, and that's why A) they have more All-Stars overall, and B) Fielder is starting for the NL.
Not to mention that the over-all talent level between the two clubs is not even close. Hell, the Brewers' back-up catcher
went 4 for 5 and drove in seven runs last night.
That's the thing about the baseball season - it's long enough that you can always find a stretch where any individual player's stats dip. But the core of the Brewers are young players - which means that this team will only improve as the season progresses, and guys like Hall, Braun and Weeks really start firing on all cylinders.
Unlike the Cubs, who will almost certainly degrade back into mediocrity.
One last point, in regards to Fielder's fielding - if you study baseball statistics at all, one thing you note in the progression of a player's career - almost without exception - is an improvement in their fielding percentage, and in walks to strike-out ratio (if the player sticks around long enough the latter stat will sometimes tail off again as they approach 40, although guys like Joe Morgan and Rickey Henderson just kept getting better). So - while I doubt that Prince will ever win a Gold Glove at 1st, he's also not as terrible as nevermore would have you believe considering that he's in only his second year in the Majors, and was shipped through the minors rather expeditiously.