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The Tigers staff set a MLB record for K's.
Remember that defensive systems measure the average cost of a missed fielding play to an average pitching staff assuming an average distribution of events otherwise. And Detroit's pitching staff was anything but average, in terms of the events that were generated against it.
Wow... You know I've been debating defensive stats often times and I can't remember anyone bringing that point up, but it's a fantastic point (It's so obvious in retrospect, that someone had to have brought it up and I never caught it.)
I'm not sure if a system should be set up based upon expected performance relative to the pitching staff that the player is playing with or if going by average is the right way to go, but it adds another wrinkle to the debates.
Detroit allowed the second fewest runs to score in the AL last year. I doubt those three guys really cost the Tigers 64 runs on defense.
Competitive, sure, but waking up to the news the Tigers are looking at a Dirks/Rajai Davis platoon in LF doesn't exactly set a man to dreaming of a World Series parade down Woodward Avenue.
Or, in other words: Hunter probably did not cost the Tigers 25 runs because of the pitching staff, its probably more like 10 or 15.
It would be nice to have a stat that reflected a player's actual defensive cost/gain to team this year, as well as a predictive stat. This would help give insight to a team's decision making.
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