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Graph of the Day: The Rays OF

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Continuing our look at the defensive prowess of outfielders, today we focus on the 2009 Rays.

As always, data is based on David Pinto's PMR and Defensive Charts.

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I know this isn't Tropicana Field, but being a dome, it's very hard to get a good overhead shot.  Anyway, let's talk about the defense.

B.J. Upton was just phenomenal last season.  He had one zone where he was +8 plays.  Part of that was Upton taking some discretionary plays (which is most likely why Gabe Gross is a negative in the same zone). 

Both Crawford and Gross were outstanding in the corners as well. 

There were very few places in the outfield where the Rays weren't above average - often substantially above average, which no doubt helped to catapult them into the playoffs.