Weekly DRS Update (Defensive Stats through games of June 6, 2010)
Google Doc of DRS
Best defensive player in the NL thus far has been Chase Utley, which is pretty typical. Chase is several runs ahead of the Angel Pagan, Andres Torres and Matt Holliday. The player with the worst DRS is Pittsburgh’s Aki Iwamura, but that whole Pirate team is a mess. Honorable mention to the Bucs’ Lastings Milledge and the Astros’ Carlos Lee. The surprise here is Pedro Feliz. Maybe he finally hit the wall, but he has always been a very good defensive player and as yet has struggled.
From a team perspective, the Giants have the best looking defense thus far. One of the natural debates revolves around the bias from strikeout staves and, well, good pitchers generating easier chances. The Pirates are far behind, generating about five wins between the two teams on defense alone.
Best defensive player in the AL has been Alberto Callaspo for the Royals. At the other end of the spectrum, Howie Kendrick has clearly heard enough about Derek Jeter’s weak defense and has gone screaming past him with extra poor performance. Kendrick had a very bad week afield.
Team-wise, the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners have performed the best and neither is a surprise. The team at the bottom is the Cleveland Indians, which is unusual for them. They have played only half as bad as the Pirates.
For your enjoyment, here is the Fangraphs leaderboard and the TZ leaderboard at Baseball-Reference. The biggest difference I can spot is Carl Crawford leads both of those ratings, and is a +2 (a difference of about 6 runs).
Posted: June 07, 2010 at 12:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
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