Andrew Friedman farts in Fangraph’s Defensive Stats’ general direction.
The Dodgers have benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, who batted .169 in July and is batting .114 in August. The team had stuck with him for weeks, even as his offensive performance dropped, citing his outstanding defense.
However, according to a variety of statistics available on the Fangraphs website, Pederson’s defense ranks below average among major league center fielders.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ ...
Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.
Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”
Phil Birnbaum doesn’t like dWAR. Soon, if MLB allows researchers to access their new fielding data, dWAR for current seasons will be calculated in an entirely different manner.
KC has the best. Philadelphia has the worst.
I have watched about 80% of the Red Sox games this year. Dustin Pedroia has looked as good as ever. I was surprised, however, to see he’s only at 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and has a 0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). I look forward to a future when FIELDf/x numbers are available. (Crossing fingers.)
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