Brilliant. While this isn’t statistical, it’s unbelievably true. I had a person tell me just yesterday that “Derrek Lee is having a better year than Prince Fielder.”
Comment by Christian — September 16, 2008 @ 6:54 am
Christian, that person would most definitely be correct. At first glance, Lee’s power numbers don’t really compare with Fielder’s, but the difference in SLG is just eighteen points, Lee hits for a higher average, gets on base at the same clip and is a far better defender. As a Cubs fan, I have voiced my frustration with Lou batting Lee third a number of times, but it’s not as if Lee is a scrub. In terms of VORP, Fielder has provided just .02 more runs than Lee has. Fielder has been a bit more clutch than lee, but both have been below average in clutch situations. Lee has a much, much higher zone rating
I realize that Lee’s numbers are skewed by his outstanding opening month, but much like Lee has been the beneficiary of one huge month, Fielder’s numbers have been very mediocre outside of two solid months. Overall, Fielder has been better with the stick while Lee has been better with the glove. Am I saying that I would rather have Lee than Fielder? No, but to say that Lee has had a better year is not an enormous stretch, if one at all.