Cerberus Lives: Who Needs Utley, Polanco, and Ruiz?

Here's a tough one for you.  Which player would you rather have starting for your team:

A:  .393 BA, .412 OBP, .758 SLG, 1.169 OPS

B:  .292 BA, .357 OBP, .431 SLG, .788 OPS

This is pretty easy, right?  Player A is clearly the better player.  And that goes triply if Player A can occupy three spots in your lineup over Player B occupying three spots in your lineup.

Well, Player A is the combined rate stats of the Phillies' catchers, second basemen, and third basemen since Tuesday night, the first night the Phillies were without the three lost infielders -- Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, and Placido Polanco. Player B is the combined rate stats for the year for the trio of Ruiz, Utley, and Polanco.

Still prefer Player A over Player B now?

I'll give you that over the longterm the answer's clearly "no."  But, at least for the last three days, we can't really complain about the production the Phillies have received by the motley crew of replacements they've thrown out there.

Long live Cerberus!

Cerberus_medium

via cdn0.sbnation.com


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker