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  1. As a Reds fan I agree. The current team is very very good defensively. I believe Stubbs will play CF in 2010 & Willy will ride the pine or play elsewhere. Janish is the real deal with the glove but has no stick. The Reds have a great defense, a deep pen and a solid 1-2-3-4 starters. Now we just need some more offense. – Will M

    Comment by Will Moore — November 27, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

  2. J.J. Hardy would’ve went a long way to making the Reds a team worth hoping on….

    The Reds dramatically improved their defense but unfortunately, it came at the expense of a good chunk of offense (and their ’08 offense wasn’t that good). So their dramatic improvement in defense wasn’t as efficacious relative to their RS/RA as it might seem in isolation.

    The Reds only had 2 players produce more than 3 WAR on their entire roster in ’09 (Votto-4.4WAR; Phillips-3.2 WAR).

    I know the Rolen trade is a bit of a head scratcher but he is exactly the type of player they need more of ( guys who can both hit and catch)….

    Comment by Terry — November 27, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  3. Defense or no defense, the Rolen trade was a huge mistake as it kills their budget. Besides, he’s never been a team first guy as he’s shown in every stop of his MLB career. Who hates playing in STL…I mean really.???

    Comment by NEPP — November 27, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

  4. Scotty we miss you. Can’t you and TLR make nice – please?

    Comment by gnomez — November 28, 2009 @ 12:21 am

  5. Gomes looks to be the only below average defender among the starters. If only we could combine what he brings with what Janish brings.

    Comment by dan — November 28, 2009 @ 1:29 am

  6. Rolen and Bruce could make that 4 position players worth 3+ WAR in 2010. How many teams with a mid-market budget have more?

    Comment by dan — November 28, 2009 @ 1:35 am

  7. His attitude and health are definite concerns but I wouldn’t criticize the deal because of how much he’ll make. I agree that the Reds can’t afford too many players that make that much but 2010 will be the last year Rolen will be paid that much. I don’t think the deal was made so Rolen would be a Red for only 1 1/2 seasons. I’m betting on an extension (2 years maybe) with less $ per year.

    The biggest problem with the deal is that Toronto received Zach Stewart in the deal. Dealing away your #1 starting pitcher prospect is a risky move.

    Comment by dan — November 28, 2009 @ 1:49 am

  8. There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

    Comment by jackson — November 28, 2009 @ 6:56 am

  9. The Mariners combined bad hitting, below-average pitching, and the best defense in the UZR era into 85 wins. I doubt the Reds will have a team +85 UZR next year, but if they can get in the 60’s with average pitching and just below-average hitting, they’ll be around that same 85 wins. They did finish with 78 wins this past year, so it’s not a ridiculous jump.

    Comment by LeeTro — November 28, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  10. The Dodgers led baseball in defensive efficiency, but their collective UZR was -.1. The Mets were tied for 11th with Tex in DER, but they had the second lowest UZR, a whopping 80 runs saved behind Texas. I don’t know what those oddities mean, but they’re interesting.

    Comment by JG — November 28, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  11. Whoops, the Mets were 11th, but the Yankees were the ones tied with the Rangers for 5th. UZR has a 62 run difference between the Rangers and Yankees.

    Comment by JG — November 28, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  12. The Reds are an interesting group. I always thought it was strange that they would hire a manager that strongly prefers veterans to manahe a young club.

    I think you’re right about the defense part. If I am using FIP correctly, the defense saves the P’s about 0.5 R per 9. That’s nice.

    The problem is that their SP’s all have WHIP’s between 1.33 and 1.59. Most of them allow a H/IP and about 2 K per BB. They put a lot of guys on base and don;t generally strike out a bunch of oppossing hitters. Their SP’s might be the 4th best collection within the division.

    I also like their young combo of Votto and Bruce. But, again they may be the 4th or 5th best combom in the division [1] Braun and Fielder, [2] Pujols and anyone, [3] Bourne and Pence (Or Berkman and Lee depending on year), [4] Lee and Ramirez. They’re probably 4th, with Phillips being a very under-rated aspect. I always thought Brandon Phillips would be the “solid” answer to StL’s 2B situation.

    The Reds do seem to have a very nice collection of pieces, but even in a “weak division”, they’re likely the 4th place team in that division.

    As for Scottie … Endy Chavez robbed him of what could have been his “Series Winning Moment” in a series when he was routinely passed over for Scott Speizio. I like Scottie, but you can count on him to miss 30-40 games on the season.

    I always thought the Reds were doomed when one of the first things Dusty influenced was the signing/acquisition of Corey Patterson. DB loved CP in CHI, and evidently still thought he could be the 30-30 guy in the lead-off spot.

    Interesting article, especially from the team defense aspect.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — November 28, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

  13. Difference between Cinci and Seattle could be the park. I’d like to know if there was some type of correlation between park factor, team defense and wins. Maybe building a team around feild defensive prowess isn’t a good idea when you’re playing in a band box (and you’re pitchers have a high HR/FB).

    My thought is that the classic pitching/power combo would do you better.

    Comment by Lombard — November 28, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  14. Why the big difference in rankings for Chris Dickerson? Going from a 1 to an 8 suggests a major difference in opinion. In a limited sample in 2009 his UZR was pretty good.

    Comment by Luke Appling — November 28, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

  15. The infield could still be strong defensively, but I would agree that emphasis probably shouldn’t be put on OF defense in such a park. The problem was that the Reds were 23rd in GB% as a staff this year. The bullpen had Herrera and Masset at least 50%, but no one else significantly over 45%, which is definitely a problem in the Great American Smallpark.

    Comment by LeeTro — November 29, 2009 @ 12:16 am

  16. GABP’s park factor favored pitchers last year

    Comment by Ryan D — November 30, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  17. I think part of it is that Jeff’s initial projections were plain old UZR and mine were UZR/150 (my spreadsheet was unfortunately labeled UZR though, so this is not Erik’s fault but mine). For UZR/150 it’s 3 for Jeff and 8 for me. Now the difference comes down to number of games and number of games regressed. Basically by adding in the FSR I add in an additional season’s worth of data, so when I do the regression to average it has less impact than when Jeff does for guys with low major league service time.

    It boils down to for Jeff, Dickerson has 65 games, and for me he’d have 65+125 (@ FSR rate, which for him is good).

    Comment by Steve Sommer — November 30, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  18. What Steve said.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — December 2, 2009 @ 12:49 am

  19. hm, understand:)

    Comment by Edison Huffner — July 5, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

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