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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Individual Leaders at the All-Star Break - National League

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We have reached the All-Star Break, and everyone wants to know how everyone is doing.

What follows will be various rankings with minimal explanation – so you can have the data without my jabbering on and on about my opinion which you really aren’t that interested in.

The ratings are all based on playing time, park-adjusted, position-adjusted above average, and within league only, although the stats include interleague games.

I use Extrapolated Runs for offense (XR), and it is a routinely calculated “Runs above average at position” that you see with so many other statistics, and my calculations for Defensive Runs Saved (RS) using ZR as the basis.  Explanations for the defensive methodology can be found here.  “pt” stands for “playing time”.

Yes, you’ve read all that before.

First here are the Overall NL Defensive Leaders:


Pos	NAME	Last	        Team	INN	RSpt	RS/150
SS	Adam	Everett 	HOU	685.0	15	30
LF	Ryan	Langerhans	ATL	474.7	11	30
CF	Juan	Pierre   	CHC	767.7	10	17
OF	Endy	Chavez  	NYM	401.3	9	32
3B	Corey	Koskie  	MIL	603.3	8	18
3B	Pedro	Feliz   	SFG	787.3	8	13
RF	Brian	Giles   	SDP	786.7	7	11
CF	Carlos	Beltran 	NYM	657.3	7	14
SS	David	Eckstein	STL	726.0	7	12
CF	Eric	Byrnes  	ARI	568.3	6	15
LF	Cliff	Floyd   	NYM	491.0	6	17
CF	Reggie	Abercrombie	FLA	482.0	6	17
1B	Lance	Niekro  	SFG	391.7	6	20
SS	Jose	Reyes   	NYM	760.3	6	10
LF	Dave	Roberts 	SDP	435.3	6	18
2B	Craig	Biggio  	HOU	598.7	6	13
1B	Scott	Hatteberg	CIN	604.0	6	13
3B	Vinny	Castilla	SDP	560.0	6	13
LF	So	Taguchi 	STL	255.3	5	27

Here’s the first explanation: The precision of the methodology is a handful of runs – not a single run or anything.  In general, players with five runs of one another are approximately equal.

Here you can see the Mets are very strong in the outfield.  Endy Chavez has split time at all three positions, and he’s been outstanding.  Last year’s best defender was Adam Everett.  He is still the best.  Ryan Langerhans scored very high defensively last season in splitting time, and he’s really doing well again this year.  I think he’s going to be a star more so than his right field counterpart.  There are also a few Padres on the list - each a known solid defensive player.  Vinny Castilla may not be able to hit, but he can still flash the leather.

Jose Reyes for the Mets is playing much better defensively this season - he looks better and the numbers reflect that.  Seeing Craig Biggio in this list at his age is surprising.  I guess he’s fully recovered from his knee injury and has his lateral movement back.

The trailers on defense in the National League:


Pos	NAME	Last	        Team	INN	RSpt	RS/150
SS	Jack	Wilson   	PIT	644.7	-5	-10
CF	Matt	Kemp    	LAD	131.7	-5	-47
SS	Rafael	Furcal   	LAD	732.0	-5	-9
SS	Hanley	Ramirez 	FLA	681.0	-5	-10
SS	Edgar	Renteria 	ATL	681.0	-5	-11
3B	Edwin	Encarnacion	CIN	434.3	-6	-18
RF	Jeromy	Burnitz 	PIT	520.7	-7	-18
CF	Ken	Griffey	        CIN	465.3	-7	-21
C	Mike	Piazza  	SDP	387.0	-7	-25
CF	Chris	Burke   	HOU	149.3	-8	-68
RF	Jason	Lane    	HOU	551.3	-8	-19
2B	Rickie	Weeks   	MIL	720.0	-8	-15
LF	Josh	Willingham	FLA	529.0	-9	-22
2B	Jose	Castillo	PIT	728.0	-9	-16
LF	Adam	Dunn    	CIN	721.7	-9	-17
SS	Felipe	Lopez   	CIN	736.7	-10	-19
3B	David	Wright   	NYM	786.3	-11	-19
3B	Miguel	Cabrera 	FLA	720.7	-12	-22
LF	Preston	Wilson  	HOU	683.0	-18	-35

Regular shortstops in the NL are struggling.  Furcal, Renteria, Ramirez and Lopez are all struggling.  Mike Piazza makes an appearance, and with limited chances, it is hard for a catcher to get that far below average.  David Wright and Miguel Cabrera appear to be clones, with the bat and the glove.  If these future greats want to unseat Scott Rolen as the premier third baseman in the NL, they are going to have to play better defense.  Houston is having a tough time in the outfield.  Lane was poor last season, and Mike Emeigh said the Crawford Boxes cause “Green Monster problems” in left field.  I am very surprised to see Preston Wilson that far below average at this point in the season.  There’s more than just a park effect going on with him.  Chris Burke should never have been put in centerfield.  Rickie Weeks isn’t improving significantly.  Ken Griffey still has no range, and the Reds spell him out there quite a bit.  In FLA, playing a catcher in LF hasn’t been a good idea.

Adam Dunn is big and slow.  His overall value is brought way down with his weak fielding.  Coupled with Griffey, that is costing the Reds some games.

The offensive leaders in the NL:


Pos	Name	Last	        Team	G	XRpt	XR/150
1B	Albert	Pujols	        STL	70	32	74
CF	Carlos	Beltran	        NYM	78	31	63
3B	Miguel	Cabrera	        FLA	86	26	49
1B	Lance	Berkman	        HOU	83	24	47
RF	Bobby	Abreu	        PHI	85	22	45
1B	Nomar	Garciaparra	LAD	68	22	51
SS	Jose	Reyes	        NYM	86	21	35
3B	David	Wright	        NYM	87	21	37
LF	Barry	Bonds	        SFG	69	21	61
3B	Scott	Rolen	        STL	76	20	43
2B	Dan	Uggla	        FLA	79	19	37
2B	Chase	Utley	        PHI	86	19	33
C	Josh	Bard	        SDP	44	17	103
LF	Jason	Bay	        PIT	90	16	28
C	Brian	McCann	        ATL	64	16	47
SS	Edgar	Renteria	ATL	79	16	30
1B	Nick	Johnson	        WAS	85	16	31
C	Michael	Barrett	        CHC	66	15	40
LF	Carlos	Lee	        MIL	90	15	25
C	David	Ross	        CIN	45	15	72

Pujols won the MVP in 2005, and was off to a rip-roaring start this season when he suffered a rib cage /oblique injury.  He missed three weeks, but still hasn’t fallen out of the lead for the most prolific offensive performer.  Carlos Beltran is rebounding from a miserable 2005 to challenge Pujols for the title.  Nomar Garciaparra is having an outstanding resurgence.  David Wright and Miguel Cabrera are right here and Jose Reyes is the top shortstop.  Barry Bonds cracks the top 10 still.  Rookie of the Year seems to be nearly wrapped up for Dan Uggla.  What a great season for him.  However, Chase Utley is lurking close by to surpass Uggla as the top 2B, as he was last season.

It is surprising to see four catchers here.  Brian McCann may win a batting title before his career is over - if he can get healthy.  Incredibly, there are 13 of the 16 NL teams represented here.  That’s an even spread of talent throughout the league.

the NL’s “Mike Napoli Award” goes to David Ross.

Who are the trailers in offense in the NL?  Who cannot hit this season?  Let’s take a look:


Pos	Name	Last	        Team	G	XRpt	XR/150
CF	Juan	Pierre	        CHC	88	-10	-15
CF	Reggie	Abercrombie	FLA	74	-10	-26
1B	Tony	Clark	        ARI	63	-10	-49
1B	Adrian	Gonzalez	SDP	84	-11	-20
LF	Matt	Murton	        CHC	80	-12	-26
RF	Jeromy	Burnitz	        PIT	74	-12	-26
C	Brad	Ausmus	        HOU	76	-12	-26
2B	Kazui	Matsui	        NYM	38	-12	-48
RF	Jose	Guillen	        WAS	64	-13	-29
SS	Jack	Wilson	        PIT	81	-13	-22
SS	Adam	Everett	        HOU	80	-13	-26
RF	Jeff	Francoeur	ATL	89	-14	-21
LF	Preston	Wilson	        HOU	84	-14	-24
3B	David	Bell	        PHI	79	-14	-28
1B	Lance	Niekro	        SFG	52	-14	-44
CF	Willy	Taveras	        HOU	85	-16	-30
C	Yadier	Molina	        STL	70	-16	-34
LF	Cory	Sullivan	COL	73	-17	-34
SS	Ronny	Cedeno	        CHC	84	-17	-29
3B	Abrah.  Nunez	        PHI	55	-19	-89
3B	Vinny	Castilla	SDP	69	-20	-44
SS	Clint	Barmes	        COL	77	-21	-37

Last year, Clint Barmes was enjoying a great season and got injured.  This year, he is just struggling.  There are the usual suspects here: Castilla, Bell, Wilson, Taveras.  Jeff Francoeur is being praised as the Braves’ David Wright - er, I don’t think so, and his bat is doing more damage in the games the Braves aren’t winning than it is helping in the games the Braves are winning.  Preston Wilson showed up as the worst fielder, and here he is on the list of worst hitters.  He may need to be DFA’d.

There are thirteen different team shere as well, however, the Mets have dumped Matsui.  You can see serious trouble for the Phillies at third base, as Bell and Nunez are here.  It doesn’t help them to play in a division where the other third basemen are Wright, Cabrera, Chipper and Ryan Zimmerman.

Now who are the best overall players?


Pos	Name	Last	        Team	XRpt	RSpt	Total
CF	Carlos	Beltran	        NYM	31	7	38
1B	Albert	Pujols	        STL	32	3	35
SS	Jose	Reyes	        NYM	21	6	27
LF	Barry	Bonds	        SFG	21	4	24
1B	Nomar	Garciaparra	LAD	22	3	24
3B	Scott	Rolen	        STL	20	4	24
1B	Lance	Berkman	        HOU	24	0	24
2B	Dan	Uggla	        FLA	19	2	21
RF	Bobby	Abreu	        PHI	22	-2	20
2B	Chase	Utley	        PHI	19	1	20
C	Brian	McCann	        ATL	16	2	18
LF	Jason	Bay	        PIT	16	1	17
C	Josh	Bard	        SDP	17	-1	17
C	David	Ross	        CIN	15	1	16
3B	Morgan	Ensberg	        HOU	13	3	15
LF	Carlos	Lee	        MIL	15	0	15
SS	Omar	Vizquel	        SFG	10	5	15
RF	Brian	Giles	        SDP	8	7	15
Great defense from Carlos Beltran has him with a small lead thus far.  That is likely brought on by Pujols’ missed time, especially with teh way Albert was outpacing the rest of the league’s first basemen.  Beltran is playing a key defensive position, is right at the top in offense and is playing top notch defense.  The Mets are also getting that type of performance from Jose Reyes at shortstop.  There is Barry Bonds as the fourth best player in the league.  The top third baseman?  It is still Scott Rolen, and Wright and Cabrera presently don’t hit enough to knock him off the mountain.

Carlos Lee isn’t getting the press out of Milwaukee like Prince Fielder and Bill Hall, but he’s having a great season.

I don’t see this list as very surprising with the exception of Uggla, and a few of the names below him.  The list is comprised of the best players in the league on the best teams in the league.

Now what teams are playing well defensively?  I thought it would be interesting to sum each position to see where the defensive weaknesses were for each team, and to evaluate who the good defensive teams are.


Tm/Pos	C	1B	2B	3B	SS	LF	CF	RF	Arms	Total
ARI	4	-2	-6	2	0	3	8	-3	-2	6
ATL	1	1	-3	-4	-8	16	-4	-1	0	-2
CHC	-2	2	8	5	-2	3	10	2	-3	26
CIN	5	2	6	-2	-12	-9	-7	4	1	-13
COL	1	0	2	-3	5	3	-2	3	3	8
FLA	5	-4	1	-12	-4	-13	3	1	0	-24
HOU	-1	1	6	2	14	-19	-7	-10	-1	-14
LAD	-4	-2	-3	-3	-5	3	-7	3	-1	-17
MIL	1	-4	-9	9	-4	-1	-1	-2	-1	-10
NYM	-2	0	4	-10	6	8	10	-2	4	14
PHI	-1	-3	2	-8	-1	-2	-1	0	1	-14
PIT	2	0	-9	-3	-4	1	-4	-8	0	-25
SDP	-9	2	2	10	5	6	4	5	-1	25
SFG	2	7	-1	8	4	2	4	2	0	28
STL	5	1	2	6	8	4	0	1	-1	26
WAS	-6	0	-2	4	-3	-5	-7	6	2	-13

The Cardinals are an extremely sound defensive team.  The surprise for me here was the Cubs defense.  The Mets defensive lead on the rest of the NL East is significant.  The Padres only struggle with Piazza behind the plate defensively.  They have Brian Giles and Mike Cameron in the outfield and solid defense everywhere else.  The Giants are also playing solid defense.  The Reds are turning four wins over to the Cardinals with their weak defense.

Given these numbers, I don’t see the Cardinals being caught by the Reds or Astros and the Mets aren’t likely to fall back either.  In the NL West, the Padres have decent play all around, but the Dodgers have recently changed out their more struggling players and inserted players like Andre Ethier into the lineup.  The Giants have Alou back and are just a few games out of first.  The chase for the West will be exciting.

The rest of the data will be sorted and posted - format to be determined.

Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 06:37 PM | 43 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 08:12 PM (#2095670)
Dan will fix my formatting shortly. Really, I tried my best.
   2. Sam M. Posted: July 11, 2006 at 08:55 PM (#2095711)
Interesting how much Wright and Cabrera's defense hurts their overall standing, Chris. Looking at Cabrera last night, and reading the article about how much weight he's put on, I have to think that unless he reverses that, he just can't stick at 3B. The question, I guess, is whether he'd be more valuable as an average first baseman (assuming he could be that, which of course is questionable, especially in the short term) or a bad third baseman. Because you have to wonder if he can ever be anything but a bad third baseman unless he gets himself in better shape.

As for Wright, you mentioned the guy earlier who is the template Mets' fans can hope for: Boggs. Hard work can turn a problematic glove at that position into an acceptable one.

And how about that Dan Uggla, huh? You have to love a Rule 5 story like that, don't you? Best second baseman in the NL in the first half. Who'd have ever guessed that!
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 11, 2006 at 09:16 PM (#2095735)
Jose Reyes for MVP & POPE, #######!
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 11, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2095748)
Chris:

Weeks had put a cork in the errors in early June until making one the other day. And I can testify to his anticipation/range/footwork improving over the course of the season. I will be interested to see the numbers at the end of the season.

Koskie is a fascinating player in that he looks so incredibly AWKWARD. He seems to stab at the ball and when he throws it's sort of a slingshot. Just not fluid at all. But everyone agrees that the guy is getting it done at third base.

I am legitimately surprised that Dunn's number isn't worse then it is. He is positively dreadful, exerts no effort, and has seriously regressed despite still being young. This is the one red flag in Narron's tenure as manager as Dunn has clearly decided to say "F*ck it" with respect to defense. This isn't a Greg Luzinski situation where Greg was honestly afraid of having the ball hit to him so he's tenative. Dunn really just meanders around out there. He's like a bull grazing who every so often lifts his head to watch a passing car.

Getting back to the Brewers as a team that defensive evaluation is being kind. While the pitchers haven't helped themselves the shoddy defense has definitely contributed to the overall abysmal run prevention.

Rats...........
   5. Srul Itza Posted: July 11, 2006 at 09:54 PM (#2095764)
Seeing Craig Biggio in this list at his age is surprising.

Amazing is more like it. That guy has an incredible amount of mileage on him, when you add (per bb-ref) 427 games at catcher to 1,746 games at 2nd (a favorite collision-prone spot in the infield) to 525+ stolen base attempts to 275+ HBP (and no, they don't all land on his elbow sleeve).

Maybe those two years he spent roaming the outfield rejuvenated him. I guess it also says something about the overall quality of second base fielding in the National League. Of course, Utley and Uggla more than make up for it with the bat, but I think Biggio still manages to be a hair above average there, too.

Not bad for the old fella.
   6. Srul Itza Posted: July 11, 2006 at 09:57 PM (#2095769)
BTW, Chris, thanks for the NL and AL reports. Very enjoyable

[And I think you can help the formatting a little by abbreviating some of the longer names]
   7. Boots Day Posted: July 11, 2006 at 10:05 PM (#2095773)
Chris, I'm surprised to see Carlos Lee on the list of offesnive leaders but not Matt Holliday, who has sizable leads in both OBP and slugging over El Caballo. What gives? Are you using last year's park factor for Coors Field?
   8. Kyle S Posted: July 11, 2006 at 10:08 PM (#2095778)
Chris, maybe there is a houston park effect, but their outfield was really awful all the times i saw them last year. preston wilson was pretty awful from the nats games i saw last year as well. so i wouldn't be shocked if they really were almost that bad.

glad to see my hunch that langerhans should be the braves CF is confirmed here. Andruw had a few nice games early in the year but he's just not the player he used to be any more, unfortunately.

if pujols is healthy the rest of the year, i predict he wins the MVP in a run away. he's real good.
   9. Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 10:10 PM (#2095782)
Maybe those two years he spent roaming the outfield rejuvenated him.

Well, that is easier on the knees.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2006 at 10:10 PM (#2095783)
just have to say, great stuff. (and of course wish for more stats :) (like top 5 defensive stats for each position.---I know I'm greedy)
   11. Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:00 PM (#2095809)
Are you using last year's park factor for Coors Field?

Guilty. Well, I am using a three-year average (02-04) averaged with 05. That's 115. I thought I had read it was 113 this season, and I'd be surprised if that were enough.

I only have Holliday as 7 XRpt.
   12. Bob Koo Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:04 PM (#2095813)
these numbers confirm my suspicion that Endy Chavez has played as well defensively as any outfielder in baseball. he's been an unsung hero for the Mets so far.

Wright's defense has been disappointing this year because there were all the reports about how he was working so hard on it in the offseason. I went to a recent game (July 4) and got to sit in the left field loge seats. There was a few balls hit that a good third baseman gets to that Wright just didn't reach.
   13. Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:06 PM (#2095815)
I had noticed earlier how good Endy Chavez has played. He's just been amazing defensively, and were Willie smart, he'd be in there after the seventh inning of every game - in right field.
   14. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:08 PM (#2095820)
Bonds can still go get 'em in LF!
   15. North Side Chicago Expatriate Giants Fan Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:09 PM (#2095821)
Bonds can still go get 'em in LF!

I should add, though, that every time he makes a nice running catch every Giants fan has a panic attack.
   16. stubbyc Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:12 PM (#2095823)
Seeing Craig Biggio in this list at his age is surprising. I guess he’s fully recovered from his knee injury and has his lateral movement back.

It's also surprising to someone who has seen him play this year. He's extremely slow going to his left and he can't make plays going too far to his right because he doesn't have the arm. He's often taken out late in the game for defensive purposes so Burke or Bruntlett can take his place who both visually have more range and better arms.

Lane was poor last season, and Mike Emeigh said the Crawford Boxes cause “Green Monster problems” in left field. I am very surprised to see Preston Wilson that far below average at this point in the season. There’s more than just a park effect going on with him. Chris Burke should never have been put in centerfield.

Lane really doesn't look that bad in RF. He's not great, but he normally gets good jumps and he's got a pretty good arm. Visually he's below average, but not a liability. Ditto with Wilson. Burke's not great in CF, but he's better than Biggio ever was out in CF and he has gotten better during the course of the season.
   17. Bob Koo Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:13 PM (#2095824)
I had noticed earlier how good Endy Chavez has played. He's just been amazing defensively, and were Willie smart, he'd be in there after the seventh inning of every game - in right field.

I'd like to think that Willie will be smart enough to do this in a playoff game. He has to see how poor Nady is. Which reminds me.. what are Nady's numbers? I wouldn't have been surprised to see him as one of the trailers.
   18. Tike Redman's Shattered Dreams Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:20 PM (#2095827)
Burnitz is "earning" nearly $7M this year and is on pace for -44 runs overall. Is that the worst bang for the buck in the NL?
   19. Chris Dial Posted: July 11, 2006 at 11:22 PM (#2095829)
Well, I guess I need to put up a couple of Team summaries and leaderboards.
   20. Robert S. Posted: July 12, 2006 at 12:49 AM (#2095941)
I am legitimately surprised that Dunn's number isn't worse then it is. He is positively dreadful, exerts no effort, and has seriously regressed despite still being young. This is the one red flag in Narron's tenure as manager as Dunn has clearly decided to say "F*ck it" with respect to defense. This isn't a Greg Luzinski situation where Greg was honestly afraid of having the ball hit to him so he's tenative. Dunn really just meanders around out there. He's like a bull grazing who every so often lifts his head to watch a passing car.
Isn't this really the GM's fault? Cincinnati was in a perfect position to move Dunn to first this season, but decided to go in another direction for reasons I've never quite understood . . .
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2006 at 01:00 AM (#2095988)
for some reason this computer isn't letting me cut and past(my gf's laptop, since I'm at a bar watching the game right now...can't change settings)

anyway, in reference to post 19, would love to see it(as long as one of the team is the cardinals...actually all I care about is luna vs miles :), (although I find it hard to believe that taguchi is above average defensively this season) Edmonds and encarnacion(who's defense seems erratic but overall good)
   22. Chris Dial Posted: July 12, 2006 at 01:04 AM (#2096001)
cardsfanboy,
I'm posting the ratings for everyone that has played 200 innings at the position. Check Dialed In.
   23. Boots Day Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:02 AM (#2096296)
I thought I had read it was 113 this season, and I'd be surprised if that were enough.

I have it at 106. Maybe I'm not figuring it right, but I have 9.57 runs scored per game at Coors Field, and 9.05 runs scored per Rockies away game. The Rockies OPS at home is .764, and .763 on the road.

It seems to be a real change in the park, as much as moving fences in or out. They said they were going to leave balls in the humidor longer to bring down scoring, and that's exactly what happened. I can understand your being reluctant to accept it on a half-season's worth of evidence, but it seems real to me.

So what happens if the Coors Field PF stays around 105 for the next three years? Will Holliday's 2006 performance still be downgraded -- because of what happened in 2003-2005?

Ah well. I just hope you're doing a pitching roundup as well, because the Rockies rotation is going to look like the best in the league.
   24. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:08 AM (#2096336)
The Rockies OPS at home is .764, and .763 on the road.

If those numbers continue to hold true, it would also signal an end to the Coors Field hangover effect. I wonder what MGL thinks.
   25. Chris Dial Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:13 AM (#2096357)
Boots,
I can believe it. At the end of the year, I will be using this year's PF. So I won't go back and change his mid-season score.

But yes, one year park factors aren't a good idea. And so yes, the performance will be always impacted by the past.
   26. Boots Day Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:20 AM (#2096388)
But yes, one year park factors aren't a good idea. And so yes, the performance will be always impacted by the past.

Does this apply even when there are real changes to the park? I can think of a recent example of an obvious park change, but if the Astros decided to put the centerfield fence in front of that hill in center starting next year, wouldn't you assume that the park factors have changed? If that happened, I can't imagine that it would make any sense at all to use this year's park factor in figuring next year's Astro players.
   27. Chris Dial Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:24 AM (#2096398)
Fair enough, Boots. But I don't know how much that would change the PF. Few balls get that far. And haven't the Rocks been using hte humidor for several years? I don't see a reason to switch this year based on that.

Is there another park change I don't know about?
   28. J. Cross Posted: July 12, 2006 at 03:43 AM (#2096414)
Excellent stuff here.

Also, Reyes is the man! Third most valuable player thus far. Wow.
   29. William K. Posted: July 12, 2006 at 06:13 AM (#2096484)
Looking at the team-worst -6 that Arizona gets at 2B (only Milwaukee and Pittsburgh are worse at the position) and you have to wonder what the heck has happened to last year's Gold Glover Orlando Hudson??
   30. 1k5v3L Posted: July 12, 2006 at 06:19 AM (#2096490)
William, many a Dbacks fan have asked that question about Hudson already? His stats say he's bad with the leather this year, and the eyes say he's pretty terrible on the field. If anyone can explain why he's playing so badly on defense this year, I'm all ears.
   31. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: July 12, 2006 at 06:27 AM (#2096495)
The fact that he's going from a turf field to grass might have something to do with it.
   32. Robert S. Posted: July 12, 2006 at 11:08 PM (#2097146)
I've posted my thoughts on what Hudson's doing wrong this year before, but I'd love to hear from some Toronto fans. What made him good there? Right now my perception is that he is a guy who lived on his athleticism, and he aged just enough over the offseason to remove almost all of his value.
   33. Chris Dial Posted: July 12, 2006 at 11:23 PM (#2097154)
I thought Hudson was overrated before.
   34. The Balls of Summer Posted: July 12, 2006 at 11:57 PM (#2097172)
And how about that Dan Uggla, huh? You have to love a Rule 5 story like that, don't you? Best second baseman in the NL in the first half. Who'd have ever guessed that!

I didn't. He's currently anchoring my Hacking Mass team.
   35. Honkie Kong Posted: July 13, 2006 at 12:55 AM (#2097193)
He's like a bull grazing who every so often lifts his head to watch a passing car.

this has to be one of the all time classic lines!
   36. Honkie Kong Posted: July 13, 2006 at 01:01 AM (#2097197)
Just visually, Langerhands actually looks worse this year than last year. Am a bit surprised to see him so high up, even though I thought he would rate high.
Jack Wilson at -5? ANd Castillo? Aren't they supposed to be the wunderkind middle IFs?
   37. AROM Posted: July 13, 2006 at 03:56 AM (#2097288)
Here are this year's park factors. RFK has been a hitters park so far. If this holds up, we may have to view it as almost a neutral park, considering it was an extreme pitchers park last year.

Park Factors
   38. Chris Dial Posted: July 13, 2006 at 04:06 AM (#2097294)
Tanks, Anaheim. I was just too lazy to do that.
   39. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: July 14, 2006 at 05:32 AM (#2098564)
Matt Kemp hasn't seen much action, but he's making up for lost time. RS/150 of -47? That's amazing - and it makes Little's comparison of Kemp to Joe DiMaggio look even dumber than it first seemed.
   40. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: July 15, 2006 at 09:54 AM (#2099739)
I think -47 is also Matt Kemp's offensive lwts on breaking balls.
   41. Dr. Vaux Posted: July 15, 2006 at 10:31 AM (#2099741)
That White Sox park factor is a little hard to believe.
   42. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: July 15, 2006 at 11:56 PM (#2100306)
There have been 10.43 RPG in ChiSox home games this year and 10.86 RPG in away games. So I get a .96 for this season so far.
   43. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: July 16, 2006 at 12:34 AM (#2100341)
The fact that he's going from a turf field to grass might have something to do with it.

Alex Gonzalez moved from Toronto to Wrigley and his fielding #s dropped like a stone IIRC.

He followed that up with a very good defensive campaign in 2003. The upward trend ended in game 6 of the NLCS...

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