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In Case You Needed Proof That Defense Makes a Difference

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The 2007 BABIPs for Rays pitchers with 120+ outs (see: 40 innings):

 

Player BABIP
Camp 0.4179
Seo 0.3862
Howell 0.3742
Stokes 0.3591
Fossum 0.3574
Jackson 0.3411
Kazmir 0.3333
Hammel 0.3308
Sonny 0.326
Glover 0.3086
Shields 0.2825
Reyes 0.2432

Okay, and now the 2008 BABIPs for Rays pitchers with 120 outs.

 

Player BABIP
Miller 0.3162
Jackson 0.3024
Sonny 0.3022
Shields 0.2871
Hammel 0.2835
Garza 0.2696
Kazmir 0.2646
Howell 0.2445
Balfour 0.2174
Wheeler 0.1899
Percival 0.1681

Defense: it matters. It's undervalued. It's sexy.