Category Defensive Runs Saved

Stat of the week: Who are the best defensive free agents?

By MARK SIMON Baseball moves quickly these days. Free agency is already upon us, with some highly-coveted names in this year’s market. But who are the free agents who will be most coveted for their defense? Thirty-year-old second baseman DJ LeMahieu won his third career Gold Glove (he finished a close second to Kolten Wong in the […]

The many multi-position standouts of 2018

JaCoby Jones, Harrison Bader, Miguel Rojas and Joey Wendle weren’t quite Javier Baez, but they were good at double duty.

World Series Defensive Preview

The Red Sox were the most prolific offense in 2018, but who has the edge defensively between them and the Dodgers going into the World Series?

How are the Diamondbacks 200+ runs better than the Phillies on defense?

By MARK SIMON All statistics through Saturday’s games I received a tweet recently that asked if I could demonstrate the difference between the team with the most Defensive Runs Saved (the Diamondbacks with 120) and the team with the fewest (the Phillies with -102). It seemed a reasonable question to wonder – can the difference […]

Stat of the Week: Who were June’s top defensive players?

The race for Defensive Player of the Month was a tight battle and, in the end, a pair of players tied for the top spot in our voting. So let’s salute Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner and Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon as June’s top defenders. Turner is one of the most improved defensive players in baseball. He […]

Numbers show improvement in Eric Hosmer’s range

by ANDREW KYNE Evaluation of San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer’s defense has long differed between the eye test and metrics such as our Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). Scouts and coaches have considered the Padres’ new first baseman to be among the league’s best at the position, while the numbers have typically rated him […]

How does Harrison Bader have so many Defensive Runs Saved?

BY MARK SIMON Most of the names atop the Defensive Runs Saved leaderboard are recognizable at this point of the season. One of the exceptions may be St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader. Bader has channeled his best Jim Edmonds in the form of multiple diving catches this season. He’s saved 7 runs defensively this […]