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2010 Fans Scouting Report

Tango requests your input for the 2010 Fans Scouting Report. Especially fans of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks Cleveland Indians Florida Marlins Houston Astros Washington Nationals

Top 5 OF Arms

The top 5 OF arms thus far in the 2010 season.

Most Balls Scooped at First Base (2009)

  1. Albert Pujols, STL (55)
  2. Paul Konerko, CHW (51)
  3. James Loney, LAD (47)
  4. Kendry Morales, LAA (47)
  5. Todd Helton, COL (47)

Graph of the Day: UZR's Error Component and Unearned Runs

Continuing with the defensive metric theme of this weeks graphs, today we analyze the correlation between the Error component of UZR and unearned runs.

Graph of the Day: Range Factor

Expanding on yesterday's graph of the day, today we examine whether or not Range Factor correlates to defensive production any more than fielding percentage.

Graph of the Day: The Nate McLouth Factor

Fielding percentage is not a good statistic to use when valuing defensive contributions, as the sabermetric community well knows. Still, many people don't understand - not only is fielding percentage a poor representation of fielding, there is no correlation between a high Fld.% and a high UZR.

Graph of the Day: UZR Comparisons for 2008 NL Playoff Teams

Look at the defensive numbers for the 2008 National League Playoff Teams

How good is the Yankee defense? - Pinstripe Alley

Ed Valentine (sweet name, whether it's real or not) takes a look at the improved Yankee fielding this year through the lens of advanced fielding metrics. It's a good read, and something I'm glad is appearing more often around the web. I really enjoyed the conclusion the article, too, which was refreshingly non-hyperbolized: "Despite their errorless streak, the Yankees are not a 'great' defensive team. What they are is a 'solid' defensive team, which is a huge improvement over the awful defensive team they were in 2008. Last season the Yankees cost themselves runs -- and ultimately games -- by not being able to make routine plays. This year, they are making the plays they should make and occasionally making a brilliant play. They may not be the best defensive team in the league. They are, however, helping themselves instead of hurting themselves. That's good enough."

Defensive Replacement Level Defined

Chris Dial uses his Defensive Runs Saved statistic (based on Zone Rating) to determine what a replacement level defender is. In general, it's about the same level as offensive replacement is (85% of average). Most of those he found as replacement level defenders are above average hitters (unsurprisingly), so they're still above replacement level in general.

Graph of the Day – Comparing Defensive Numbers for Shortstops that played from 2002 to 2008.

Looked at defense of 5 players, Derek Jeter, Edgar Rentaeria, Jimmy Rollins, Miguel Tejada, and Orlando Cabrera that played shortstop from 2002 to 2008.

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