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Thursday, July 14, 2016

BenFred: Cards have no bigger woe than problems in the field | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.

But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.

“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, defense

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Pirates Have Their Own Thoughts on Outfield Positioning | FanGraphs Baseball

The Pirates are always looking to improve.

Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an outlier, it’s worth considering the motive for that behavior. Hurdle did mention that McCutchen is more comfortable coming in than going back, but evidently not so much to prevent a change.

But the more convincing explanations are those which consider the individuals at play. Like, for example, McCutchen’s never had the reputation of a strong-armed outfielder. Quite the opposite, in fact. Could be that putting McCutchen closer to the infield is a way to help mask his deficiencies with the arm. In 2014, according to data provided by Baseball Info Solutions, McCutchen had one of the worst throwing years by a center fielder on record. In 97 instances where a base-runner was deemed to have an opportunity to take an extra base on a ball hit to McCutchen, the runner did so 70 times. That 72% advancement rate was the second-worst on record by a center fielder, dating back to 2006. Only Denard Span‘s 75% advancement rate in 2009 was worse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, pirates, sabermetrics, statcast

Friday, April 22, 2016

Yadier Molina, Buster Posey: Pitch-framing early in 2016 - Stats

An early look at two top pitch framers.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, defense, pitch framing

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side - GammonsDaily.com

While the Blue Jays watch Tulowitzki’s work ethic so that he gets rid of throws strongly, quickly and accurately however he reaches them, so too, on the other side the Red Sox have come to marvel at the throwing of Travis Shaw.

Now, for a guy who was moved to first base for awhile, Shaw’s athleticism has surprised the coaches and the front office. “I know I am very impressive with his defense,” says Dave Dombrowski. “Travis gets rid of the ball very quickly,” says Brian Butterfield, “and he does so with arm strength and exceptional accuracy. He impressed all of us when he came up last year, but he’s better than we imagined. And his throwing is special.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, red sox

Friday, April 08, 2016

Baseball’s warning track is useless

This is ridicules.

he warning tracks, however, that currently adorn every major league baseball field are essentially useless. (Did you see what happened to Matt Kemp on Tuesday night in Colorado? More on that in a moment.)

At Coors Field on Tuesday night, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp slammed into the wall, hurting his right knee and jaw.

We want to believe the warning track is this awesome alarm system that tells a speeding outfielder that the wall is coming up soon. But funny enough, there is no regulation size for a warning track—guess the 10-foot thing went out the window. In one stadium, you have enough room to rescue a beached whale on the track, but then you go to the next town on that same road trip and it may be too small for a guppie. So if you rely on standardization of safety features (which would make sense), you will be disappointed. Of course, if you get used to a larger track at home but find smaller ones on the road, you better get ready to call your dentist to get all green padding out of your teeth, because that one-foot shorter track is going to cost you your smile.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, stadiums

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Introducing ... the best and worst defensive teams, plus most improved and teams that got worse—MLB

The Indians may be the best defensive team in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

STL P-D: As Cardinals search for shortstop, Oquendo gives team direction

For infielders, Jose Oquendo’s reach extends their grasp.

The Cardinals’ choreographer relies on his feel for the game, his read on the pitcher and increasingly detailed spray charts to direct each infielder where there is a high probability of a play. It’s his sense of positioning that the groundball-greedy Cardinals have come to rely on, and one of the reasons they feel confident converting infielders, even at a premium position like shortstop.

Our Brock Hanke has been touting Oquendo for years.

 

Dr. Vaux Posted: March 15, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coaching, defense, jose oquendo, spring training

Friday, March 04, 2016

How important is Bayes in advanced defensive metrics? | MGL on Baseball

Some good stuff about the problems with defensive metrics. Statcast will fix some of the issues but not all.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics

 

 

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