Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season […]

Why aren’t the Royals a good defensive team?

Back in the day, when the Kansas City Royals were good for a spell, the unofficial motto of the team was “Speed and Defense.” Across the diamond, they overflowed with athletes who were above average defenders at their position or true defensive stars. When the Royals fell hard from the good graces of winning baseball […]

The Cost of Defensive Mistakes

By ANDREW KYNE As mentioned on our podcast this week, one of my biggest takeaways from the first few weeks of the season was how the Mariners were winning in spite of their defensive performance. Seattle started 13-2 before a six-game losing streak this week. The team’s offense is cooling off after its hot start, but […]

The Best Team Defense Improvements of 2015

On the heels of Kansas City’s improbable postseason run in 2014 and now successful start to 2015, baseball has been further exposed to the importance of team defense. With an electrifying outfield headlined by 2014 Fielding Bible Award winners Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, the Royals have owned the American League’s best defense since the beginning of 2014 by BIS’s […]

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