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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

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.

FG: Fielding the Real Reason for Texas's Improved Run Prevention

Sky touched on this a little when discussing Kevin Millwood earlier, and Dave Cameron put together an article about it at FanGraphs. Texas right now is off to a better start than they've had in about half a decade, and their improved run prevention has been well documented. The credit is usually given to the pitching, thanks to a better ERA, but, as Cameron points out, the real strength has been the defense. The pitching, in fact, has a worse FIP thus far in 2009 (5.17) than it did in 2008 (4.83). A few outlets roundly criticized the idea of moving Michael Young and calling up Elvis Andrus, but UZR would suggest it's been great so far, as Andrus has put up an 8.9 UZR/150, significantly better than Young in 2008, while Young has struggled at third but is still beating the assortment of players who spent time their last year. Meanwhile, it moved Chris Davis over to first, where he's put up a 24 UZR/150. For the team, that's a -51.7 UZR last year to 9.5 this year. So the next time another media member talks about the Rangers finally getting great pitching, you can smile and know it's actually that they're finally getting great fielding.
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