You produce more runs than you give up, even if you're a horrible defender. Inge's D saves a few more runs overall defensively but the difference of producing runs to giving up runs is key.
Raburn will have a wide range of run production as opposed to runs given up, moreso than Inge.
I know this isn't really directed to you but still.
<<Well he's been a starter, he started 39 times last year. Look at the difference in starts and being a sub. It's unbelievable.
That's the problem when looking at a small sample, like 39 games. His career splits are much closer and actually tip in the other direction.
Well, I know a team can't have studs at every position... but I sure wish we had a lock at 2B.
Right now... it's sort of like our DH position... both by committee.
<<but I sure wish we had a lock at 2B.>>
If we weren't paying Inge and we had a full time DH, Raburn would handily win the every day 2B gig. Without question.
Unfortunately, we have a veteran player who wants to play 2B and a DH spot no one really wants, which makes things a bit more complicated.
Again, Raburn has never been a starter, and has never proved to be a consistent MLB player.
Leyland has always been careful to put him in at times where he is more likely to succeed.
Instead of your phrase, "handily win," I would suggest "struggle mightily." That is what Raburn does when he gets a longer leash.
IMHO, of course.
<<Raburn has never been a starter>>
By never, do you mean 326 times?
<<<<< Raburn has never been a starter in his entire career. I'm simply not impressed with anything he has done on the MLB level. >>>>>
Well, let him prove you wrong this year.
(You have no choice in this matter)