I picked him up in a fantasy points league that counts GDIP and K’s as negatives. Eckstein so far has been worth 157.1 points which ranks him 15th overall out off all 2B eligible players. He’s 10 points lower than Phillips and 8 points higher than Theriot and Stewart, all of whom are the ‘sexier’ fantasy options.
Eckstein just knows how to play the game, there’s no other way to describe it. He has 387 K’s over 4757 AB’s for a career 8% K rate.
Yeah, this has been very surprising. Although if he fields the ball more than 10 feet away from first I’m always scared that the runner will beat the throw. Even as well as he has played I was shocked that he leads qualified second basemen in UZR and UZR/150.
Now that’s impressive. I’ve seen a handful of Padres games and noticed he was pretty slick with a glove, but I had no clue he was any where near that good, especially with the noticeably poor arm. The guy is just great.
This is one of those feel good stories that happens over the course of a section of the season and is only noticed because it has occurred at the beginning of the year….it’s not going to end well….there is going to be a .150/.200/.250 month coming along the line somewhere to get him back to his career norms.
It’s unfortunate because I’m a Padres fan, but I can be a realist at the same time.
Actually, what’s nice is this sticks in the craw of so many people. The guy was a decent second baseman for a couple of championship teams, is playing well again for a surprise contender, and you still hear all over the sabersphere complaints about the MSM polishing his knob. Get over it folks. It was actually great for Dave to point out the purely stat-based reasons he is performing well this year.
When he retires the term “scrappy” should be retired with him because it is freaking impossible to be any scrappier than David Eckstein!
Seriously though, he is having a great season. Maybe him making more contact is just a small sample thing but increasing the number of extra base hits is a product of the vast outfield at Petco? Maybe his spray chart can show some kind of trend for when he plays in Petco? Just a thought…
It only seems that he’s the reason that the Giants cannot beat the Padres this year. He snags liners up the middle that would tie the game. He hits game winning walk off home runs (?!). He refuses to be put out. He’s scrappy, a gamer.
I hate him.. Most of all because I bet that freaking Sabean will sign him next year and he will suck for us..
Seemed like Eckstein’s defense had been in decline for a few years now. He is 35 after all. Maybe he’s just staying healthy for a change. Always one of my favorites. I hope he his Padres can make the postseason.
Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick were supposed to be way better players than the Eck by now. That plan has sure turned into crap.
While this is true, people do indeed also refer to four strikeouts as a silver sombrero in place of golden. Mike krukow does for example. Also I have had people tell me that they have heard it commonly used in Chicago, which I have a hard time believing as I have been born and raised there.