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Sunday, April 07, 2019

3 reasons the Red Sox have started worse than any World Series champion since 1998

The Boston Red Sox are looking for the reset button.

After dominating Major League Baseball throughout the entire 2018 season, leading to a franchise-record 108 regular season wins and a World Series victory, the Red Sox are off to a dreadful start in 2019.

Friday’s 15-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their record to 2-7, which is the worst nine-game start by a reigning World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins.

It seems that panic hits earlier and earlier each year….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, defense, pitching, red sox

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pirates’ Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender.

The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last year.

Traded to the Pirates, he committed one error in 266 total chances last year and won a Gold Glove award for his play in left field.

 

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, defense, pirates

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tangotiger Blog: Nola, Pivetta, Phillies, and pitcher-specific UZR

And, as expected Pivetta was hurt by the Phillies fielders more than any other Phillies pitcher.  Indeed, more than any other pitcher in the league!  The Phillies fielders gave up 24 more hits with Pivetta on the mound.

So, adding it all up:

     
  • Nola allowed 27 fewer hits than the average Phillies pitcher, and that still holds.
  •    
  • Pivetta’s 11 MORE hits when he’s on the mound drops down by 24, so that he really should count as 13 FEWER hits than the average Phillies pitcher. 

And so, that 38 hit gap gets reduced down to 14 hits.

***

Every year we see something like this.  Back in 2011 when I first wrote about this, it was Verlander in the Nola role, and (future Cy Young winners) Scherzer and Porcello in the Pivetta role.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 11:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, defense, phillies, uzr

Friday, January 11, 2019


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Phillies defense affects pitchers differently

The publicly available info has improved but still has a way to go before we can make better judgments about how defense impacts pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

 

 

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