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Should Michael Morse play nine innings?

By Timmy Kennedy
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Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Juan Perez (2) misplays a fly ball against the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Believe it or not, Morse has actually been a better defensive player this year, too. So much so, according to fangraphs, he actually ranks as the fourth best defensive left fielder in the game right now. Morse has logged 173 innings in left field and put away 27 outs without making for an error, collating for a perfect fielding percentage.

Morse has put away all of the routine plays he has faced, and even put away one ‘likely’ play – a play in which the fielder has a 60-90% chance of actually making the out. What is even more annoying is the amount of action Perez and Blanco have actually had whilst replacing Morse.

Combined, Perez and Blanco have actually only made six defensive plays. All six of which, were routine plays. Their combined DRS – a stat which calculates how many runs above averaged the player has saved due to his defensive ability – clocks in at a whopping, zero. That’s right, for all the at bats and big RBI opportunities Morse has missed, Blanco and Perez are yet to contribute a run defensively.