Obviously Mauer is Catcher 1 and I really believe his average is higher as he is more fresh and gets to DH once or twice a week where Brian has to play in the field all his games. Regardless, both are good and underappreciated considering the numbers they put up behind the plate.
Posted on 9/3 6:47 AM | IP: Logged
first half but since the ASB he's been on fire.
BM is consistent and will always give you 285/22hrs/85RBI year in year out. He's improving defensively & knows he has to keep working on that. His improvements have been great.
If JM bounces back to last year, I'd take him every day all day. That isn't a knock on BM either.
Great write up on him from Fan Graphs yesterday.....
I don't think Mauer will ever show power. He was hot in the first half last season but hasn't shown much before or after in that category. I also think Brian will hit 30 home runs a few years. If he was hitting in a hitter friendly field he might already be there.
Mauer is a beast with average, but that might even take a hit playing outside in cold weather for his career. I just wish Brian had that DH day.
I think they are 1A and 1B, with Mauer having the upperhand now. But Mauer is a year older and you have to take that into play also.
Posted on 9/3 10:03 AM | IP: Logged
Mauer is definitely better overall. He's amazing, and might develop into one of the best catchers ever (behind Bench obviously).
But when you factor in salary (isn't Mauer a $20 million guy) and the Braves desperate need for a power hitter in the middle of the order, I wouldn't swap them.
As far as ballparks go, Brian is in a more HR friendly park now.
Posted on 9/3 12:22 PM | IP: Logged
I know it may sound bias but I gotta take Mac. Aside from the batting average the numbers aren't so far apart that I would be willing to take the drop off on the power numbers. If Mauer hits a slump his average could drop quickly. If his AVG wasn't what it is now, would this even be considered a fair comparison? Plus you gotta look at Macs leadership. You can't overlook how important that is to have on your team. Especially fighting for a title. And getting back to the batting averages, I think Macs will continue to climb as he continues his consistency. So yeah. I'll take the consistent team leader with 20 homers all day. And it's not like his average isn't good. 280+ is damn decent. Factor in the clutch performances he's had and it's not even close.