Mark DeRosa vs. That Orioles Guy
The Tribune reports Tuesday that Mark DeRosa is "still hearing about" the Orioles' Brian Roberts, who will be on the field with his Baltimore mates tonight at Wrigley. (Wild thought—the primary sources of the Roberts reminders are those who ask DeRosa about Roberts and then write stories about his reaction to the reminders.)
For what it's worth, here are the 2008 numbers. First, an offensive comparison of Roberts, DeRosa (his total '08 numbers, not just those accumulated while he's playing 2B), and Cubs second basemen in total:
|Cubs Second Basemen||76||294||6||38||5||.289||.366||.412||112|
Next, a defensive comparison between Roberts and our regular guy, the aforementioned DeRo:
|INN||DP||E|| FLD %
(*The Hardball Times' Revised Zone Rating—measures the percentage of balls hit into a player's fielding zone that he successfully converts into outs.)
Roberts is involved in a double-play once every 12 innings in the field; DeRosa is doing so once every 16 innings at 2B.
One last comparison—Roberts' team is a surprising 38-36, 6 1/2 games off the AL East lead and 5 1/2 games off the AL Wild Card lead; DeRosa's team is 48-28 and by one measure, currently has a 93% likelihood of making the post-season.