Marco Scutaro has been a revelation for the Giants since taking over at second base. We used to put up with Emmanuel Burriss at the keystone, for goodness sake. But I remember Burriss being a capable defender, and I miss that.
My case is that Scutaro's defense this year is hurting the Giants more than his hitting can help, but I have no viable evidence to back it up. You be the judge! I'm not going to pretend I know what I'm wholly talking about, so I'm asking the community to help analyze this problem.
Before tonight's game (in which he's committed another error already-shoot Marco) he was tied in the NL for the second most errors in the league with 8. He's had more errors fielding the ball than throwing it, 5 of the former and 3 of the latter.
Scoots is 16th among 21 eligible second basement in baseball with a -1.6 UZR and -4.3 UZR/150. I don't know what these numbers mean by themselves, but relative to the rest of the league, they aren't sexy numbers. Or acceptable ones for that matter.
Using the basic eye test, he definitely looks as if he has less range in the field. With our shaky starting pitching, it looks like every error he commits contributes to an unearned run somewhere, which shifts momentum to the opposition.
If there's a statistic for this, please make it aware in the comments. I'm curious to know if Scutaro's errors lead to the deciding runs of the game scoring more often than not.
Perhaps he's still playing nicked up with back stiffness?
While he's been amazing with the bat, I'm just becoming more and more nervous with his early-season struggles at second. It's eerily reminiscent of Chuck Knoblauch and his case of the dreaded yips, except it's with Scutaro's glove instead of his throwing arm. Can he simply not field consistently anymore?