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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MetsBlog: Mets have the worst infield defense in baseball

Free Amed Rosario!

The Mets have the worst infield defense in baseball, as measured by Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), tweeted Mark Simon of ESPN.

The Mets’ -32 DRS are far worse than the second-worst team on the list (the Padres), who have -22 DRS.

Using the Defensive Runs Saved metric, the Cubs—with 46 DRS—have the best infield defense in baseball.

The Mets have primarily been using Lucas Duda at first base, Asdrubal Cabrera at second base, Jose Reyes at shortstop, and Wilmer Flores at third base recently.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, defense, mets, shit doesn't work

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Freddie Freeman Might Play 3B for Braves After Recovering from Wrist Injury

As Freddie Freeman gets closer to a return from the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves are exploring the possibility of having their All-Star first baseman play third base.

Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves are trying to find ways to keep Freeman and Matt Adams in the lineup when Freeman comes back.

It’s not that they don’t understand your dWAR arguments. It’s that they just don’t care. They think you’re wrong.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How the Twins are proving the value of defense

I see three reasons they could be a model for other clubs. For one, defense is cheap. The 10 players with the most fielding runs over the past three seasons generated 90.6 wins above replacement in that span, according to FanGraphs. They are earning a total of $70.4 million this year, or about $776,500 per WAR since 2015. The 10 best hitters have 143.8 WAR and are costing their teams $153.1 million in 2017, or 37 percent more per win. Those numbers are skewed, because some of MLB’s best defenders haven’t yet reached free agency. But Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight recently studied all open-market contracts for non-catchers since 2006 and found something even more drastic: Front offices paid more than twice as much for offense as for defense. His results were so stark that Arthur wondered whether the “metrics might just be wrong.” But the publicly available stats seem reasonable, rating players like Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Crawford as defensive wizards. I think it’s more probable that most teams just don’t yet pay for runs prevented the way they’ll pay Nelson Cruz or Edwin Encarnacion for their runs created.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

Monday, May 29, 2017

Statcast: Taylor’s speedy grab | MLB.com

I bet this wasn’t on Sportscenter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How a Defensive Leap Has Fueled the Twins’ First-Place Run

It’s in the third phase of the game, defense, that the 2017 Twins exhibit signs of a remarkable turnaround. Last year, the Twins supplemented a bad pitching staff with a porous defense, which ranked 28th or 29th in MLB by all three major advanced defensive metrics. This year, the staff is just as poor, but it’s supported by a defense that leads the majors with 27 defensive runs saved — no other team exceeds 17 — and ranks second in fielding runs above average and third in ultimate zone rating. The effect on the Twins’ bottom line is stark: Last year they allowed 5.49 runs per game, just six-thousandths of a decimal point out of last place, but this year they’re allowing 4.58 per game, directly in line with the league average.

The Twins’ transformation from MLB’s worst team to a division leader — albeit one that’s unlikely to maintain its current pace — is attributable mainly to that defensive leap.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

 

 

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