2008 2B Defense By PMR

Team: PMR / RAA | 1B: PMR / RAA | 2B: PMR / RAA | 3B: PMR / RAA | SS: PMR / RRAA | LF: PMR / RAA | CF: PMR / RAA | RF: PMR / RAA

Each season, David Pinto releases his Probablistic Measure of Range (PMR) ratings based on play-by-play data from Baseball Info Solutions.  PMR measures how many plays above or below expected each team or player made based on batted ball characteristics like velocity and location. Here at Beyond the Box Score, we're translating the play numbers into runs (following a method developed by LA Black Hawk of Waterloo).  More information can be found in this post.

Today, we look at second basemen  - first on the team level and then for individuals.

 

Team In Play Actual Outs Predicted Outs Outs Delta Runs Delta Runs / 4000 RAA / 4000
Marlins 4338 527 500.98 26.02 19.6198606 18.09 17.97
Phillies 4396 528 504.35 23.65 17.8328095 16.23 16.11
Reds 4299 498 478.19 19.81 14.9373343 13.9 13.78
Diamondbacks 4224 561 539.98 21.02 15.8497106 15.01 14.89
Cubs 4156 500 487.52 12.48 9.4102944 9.06 8.94
Rockies 4535 564 552.06 11.94 9.0031182 7.94 7.82
Tigers 4536 505 495.02 9.98 7.5252194 6.64 6.52
Angels 4374 545 535.72 9.28 6.9973984 6.4 6.28
Indians 4513 554 545.22 8.78 6.6203834 5.87 5.75
Twins 4607 513 505.3 7.7 5.806031 5.04 4.92
Athletics 4285 518 510.99 7.01 5.2857503 4.93 4.81
Blue Jays 4215 532 525.31 6.69 5.0444607 4.79 4.67
Brewers 4354 508 503.13 4.87 3.6721261 3.37 3.25
White Sox 4409 535 533.38 1.62 1.2215286 1.11 0.99
Orioles 4540 498 498.38 -0.38 -0.2865314 -0.25 -0.37
Cardinals 4597 517 517.91 -0.91 -0.6861673 -0.6 -0.72
Yankees 4349 556 557.46 -1.46 -1.1008838 -1.01 -1.13
Red Sox 4232 505 508.07 -3.07 -2.3148721 -2.19 -2.31
Astros 4292 464 467.09 -3.09 -2.3299527 -2.17 -2.29
Mariners 4512 602 608.69 -6.69 -5.0444607 -4.47 -4.59
Rangers 4667 539 546.88 -7.88 -5.9417564 -5.09 -5.21
Royals 4413 547 555.11 -8.11 -6.1151833 -5.54 -5.66
Nationals 4417 464 471.01 -7.01 -5.2857503 -4.79 -4.91
Braves 4383 526 534.13 -8.13 -6.1302639 -5.59 -5.71
Pirates 4683 466 478.32 -12.32 -9.2896496 -7.93 -8.05
Mets 4335 476 492.58 -16.58 -12.501817 -11.54 -11.66
Giants 4232 417 432.81 -15.81 -11.921214 -11.27 -11.39
Rays 4264 472 490.56 -18.56 -13.994797 -13.13 -13.25
Padres 4419 475 499.74 -24.74 -18.654702 -16.89 -17.01
Dodgers 4265 484 514.65 -30.65 -23.11102 -21.68 -21.8

 

Team In Play Actual Outs Predicted Outs Outs Delta Runs Delta Runs / 4000

RAA /

4000

Adam Kennedy 2036 247 226.55 20.45 15.4199135 30.29 30.17
Mike Fontenot 1448 175 160.82 14.18 10.6921454 29.54 29.42
Emilio Bonifacio 1008 100 93.17 6.83 5.1500249 20.44 20.32
Chase Utley 4231 513 485.09 27.91 21.0449773 19.9 19.78
Marco Scutaro 1077 144 136.95 7.05 5.3159115 19.74 19.62
Placido Polanco 3806 424 405.94 18.06 13.6177818 14.31 14.19
Dan Uggla 3841 465 445.31 19.69 14.8468507 15.46 15.34
Howie Kendrick 2341 308 295.94 12.06 9.0936018 15.54 15.42
Joe Inglett 1554 205 197.44 7.56 5.7004668 14.67 14.55
Asdrubal Cabrera 2446 316 304.98 11.02 8.3094106 13.59 13.47
Juan Uribe 1112 138 133.57 4.43 3.3403529 12.02 11.9
Brandon Phillips 3704 429 416.27 12.73 9.5988019 10.37 10.25
Clint Barmes 1519 183 177.61 5.39 4.0642217 10.7 10.58
Mark Ellis 3006 373 365.23 7.77 5.8588131 7.8 7.68
Alexi Casilla 2611 288 282.01 5.99 4.5166397 6.92 6.8
Orlando Hudson 2668 346 339.7 6.3 4.750389 7.12 7
Kaz Matsui 2485 267 265.25 1.75 1.3195525 2.12 2
Rickie Weeks 3150 355 353.07 1.93 1.4552779 1.85 1.73
Dustin Pedroia 4003 479 477.12 1.88 1.4175764 1.42 1.3
Brian Roberts 4195 471 469.83 1.17 0.8822151 0.84 0.72
Robinson Cano 4152 531 530.64 0.36 0.2714508 0.26 0.14
Sean Rodriguez 1229 149 148.91 0.09 0.0678627 0.22 0.1
Mark Loretta 1110 129 128.96 0.04 0.0301612 0.11 -0.01
Jose Lopez 3861 531 533.54 -2.54 -1.9152362 -1.98 -2.1
Alexei Ramirez 3081 371 373.04 -2.04 -1.5382212 -2 -2.12
Luis Castillo 2054 219 220.31 -1.31 -0.9877793 -1.92 -2.04
Mark Grudzielanek 2175 280 282.08 -2.08 -1.5683824 -2.88 -3
Tadahito Iguchi 1962 217 218.94 -1.94 -1.4628182 -2.98 -3.1
Jamey Carroll 1800 206 207.94 -1.94 -1.4628182 -3.25 -3.37
Ian Kinsler 3462 413 417.34 -4.34 -3.2724902 -3.78 -3.9
Kelly Johnson 3631 441 448.84 -7.84 -5.9115952 -6.51 -6.63
Mark DeRosa 1930 232 236.45 -4.45 -3.3554335 -6.95 -7.07
Freddy Sanchez 3688 368 378.01 -10.01 -7.5478403 -8.19 -8.31
Eugenio Velez 1355 128 133.2 -5.2 -3.920956 -11.57 -11.69
Jeff Baker 1174 139 144.85 -5.85 -4.4110755 -15.03 -15.15
Felipe Lopez 2435 266 279.15 -13.15 -9.9154945 -16.29 -16.41
Aaron Hill 1375 164 172.51 -8.51 -6.4167953 -18.67 -18.79
Akinori Iwamura 3916 435 457.88 -22.88 -17.252206 -17.62 -17.74
Aaron Miles 1551 171 182.78 -11.78 -8.8824734 -22.91 -23.03
Alberto Callapso 1128 128 137.62 -9.62 -7.2537686 -25.72 -25.84
Ray Durham 2160 212 228.31 -16.31 -12.298229 -22.77 -22.89
Edgar Gonzalez 1701 191 205.9 -14.9 -11.235047 -26.42 -26.54
Brendan Harris 1016 101 109.08 -8.08 -6.0925624 -23.99 -24.11
Damion Easley 1607 170 186.57 -16.57 -12.494277 -31.1 -31.22
Jeff Kent 2630 290 318.37 -28.37 -21.391831 -32.54 -32.66

The Mets can probably blame missing the playoffs on their middle infield defense.  Between Reyes and the various 2bmen trotted out there this season, they dropped close to 3 wins - exactly the number of games they finished behind the Phillies.  By the way, I know Chase Utley is finally getting some kudos after the World Championship, but boy is he good. 

Dan Uggla rates surprisingly highly by PMR compared to reputation, which caused David Pinto and Mike Emeigh to look into it further.  The short explanation is, with PMR (and all fielding systems), positioning is really important.  We don't really have a system yet that separates positioning from the traditional definition of range (how well a players moves for a ball).

Brandon Phillips was a reasonable choice for a Gold Glove according to PMR, but Dustin Pedroia was barely above average in the AL.  I think he benefited from the good offensive season that so often seems to affect Gold Glove voting.

Most of the NL West could really stand to improve their 2B fielding, with the Giants, Pads and Dodgers bringing up the rear in the ratings.  The Diamondbacks stand to take a hit though with Orlando Hudson as a free agent.

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