Monthly Archives: May 2018

Kole Calhoun can’t beat the shift, but his glove is doing many good things

BY LINDSAY ZECK Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has had one of the most unusual seasons of any player in 2018. His offensive performance has been well below his usual standards, but his defense is keeping him afloat. The hitting Of all the qualified batters in the game, Calhoun ranks last in batting average (.151) […]

A closer look at the Mets catching situation

BY SEAN ZERILLO In 16 games with the New York Mets since being traded for Matt Harvey, Devin Mesoraco has provided a big power boost for his new club – hitting five homers with a .913 OPS over 50 at bats. He has channeled his 2014 All-Star form when he hit 25 doubles and 25 […]

Which infielders are best at making the toss-up plays?

BY HARRIS YUDIN Since the start of the 2017 season, 325 infielders have been the primary fielder on a ball in play with a Sports Info Solutions Defensive Difficulty rating of 3 (1-5 scale). In this piece, we will identify the best and worst at each infield position at converting such plays. A play with […]

How much has Kyle Schwarber improved on defense?

BY MARK SIMON Kyle Schwarber had a rough re-acclimation to left field for the Chicago Cubs last year. He finished 2017 costing his team 9 runs defensively, which ranked fourth-worst among all left fielders. But in 2018, after a rough Opening Day, he’s flipped the script. His 5 Defensive Runs Saved rank fourth best at […]

When Pedroia returns: Much better than Núñez, but keep an eye on the sliding

BY NICK RABASCO This past offseason, the Red Sox re-signed infielder Eduardo Núñez with the knowledge that Dustin Pedroia would need a couple months to rehab his knee injury before getting back on the field. Nunez has been playing second base on a regular basis for Boston in 2018. Pedroia has been playing for the […]

Why not shift José Altuve?

By ANDREW ZENNER I was looking through our data to determine whether there were any hitters that may be strong “shift candidates” that are shifted against infrequently. One name stood out in my findings: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Let’s look at whether other elements of our data support the lack of shifting for […]

Appreciating a .134-hitting catcher – for great defense

By LINDSAY ZECK Rockies catcher Tony Wolters is hitting .134 so far this season—third worst of all catchers with at least 50 plate appearances, ahead of only Alex Avila and Roberto Pérez. So why haven’t the Rockies sent him down to the minors and brought up the hot-hitting Tom Murphy from Albuquerque? Murphy is currently […]