R.J., since you mentioned Lindstrom’s slightly anomalous BABIP this year, you ought to have mentioned Capps’ as well. After posting full-season BABIPs of .287, .271, and .272, Capps had a ridiculous and wholly unsustainable BABIP against of .370 (!) this year. As you noted, the HR rate was a bit higher this year, but the line drive rate was in line with career norms and his groundball rate was actually the highest it has been (by a lot) since 2007. It looks to me like he was mostly unlucky and/or his infield defense let him down. LaRoche was very solid at 3b. Sanchez was very good for half a season while Delwyn Young was below average for the other half at 2b. Wilson was his usual outstanding self at SS for half the season, but Cedeno and Vazquez were well below average. Pearce, LaRoche, and Jones combined to be about average at 1b. Seems like it might just be random fluctuations in 50 innings. I’d imagine that Capps will bounce back in a big way next year.
I put this (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AhdYS83t3IB7dG5oOFY1UW9kLTMzdlMyYnJoZmVZV2c&hl=en) together to take a look at each teams average infield UZR. As you can guess the Marlins are 6th from the bottom. This isn’t the best way to look at this since it assumes each position gets the same number of balls, but it’s quick and dirty. If I were Lindstrom, I would be looking to go to a team like the Dodgers that have deep fences and showed the 8th best infield defense in 2009.
Comment by Sandy Kazmir — December 7, 2009 @ 9:44 am
“…his middle name is Dicus. The same can be said for Lindstrom.”