While UZR at this point has little predictive value, doesn’t it tell us to this point in the season, who has performed well? For example, while past UZR suggest that Raul is unlikely to continue at his current level, he seems to have performed admirably well to this point of the season?
Stats serve two purposes:
1) A predictor of future outcomes
2) an evaluation of of past performance
At this point in the season UZR is a good tool for 2, but not particularly useful for 1, correct?
Rickie Weeks has the highest UZR/150 by a 2B on the season. I can’t imagine that will hold true all season but he has noticeably improved.this season defensively. Will be interesting to see what happens with him as a few years ago he was the worst 2B in baseball and has slowly improved to the point of being roughly average the past 2 seasons. (though to be fair the eyeball test still left him below average).
UZR seems to be severely underrating both Hudson and Ethier. Hudson has been making some absolutely insane plays and getting to balls no one has business getting to, and seems to be penalized for that because he isn’t making an out. The issue is, those would be balls into CF or RF, and more damaging if Hudson doesn’t stop them.
As for Ethier, his arm is a well know commodity and has been severely underrated this year, which is eating up his UZR. That should certainly change as the season goes on.