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  1. Looked more at the BP Defensive Efficiency and the 2001 Mariners were unbelievable at .740. They only ranked 10th in FIP-, but still one a billion games… with a lot of help from the defense.

    Comment by Ryan — June 28, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  2. I have a broader look at this at DRB:
    http://www.draysbay.com/2011/6/27/2246572/rays-babip-and-wobacon-against-since-2003

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — June 28, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  3. Two words Sam Fuld PERIOD

    Comment by steve-o — June 28, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  4. I’m kind of hijacking the topic here, but DER loves the Braves (4th from the top), while UZR hates the Braves (5th from the bottom). Does anyone know why these two stats are so far apart?

    Comment by Jair Jarrkjens — June 28, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  5. I think the wide variation between DER and UZR means that the Braves turn whatever balls they get to into outs, but they don’t get to many balls.

    Comment by Raf — June 29, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  6. Then shouldn’t the not getting to many balls be reflected in a higher-than-average BABIP?

    I’m a Braves fan and have watched a ton of games this year. It sure seems to me that, with the exception of shortstop, the defense on the team is by no means exceptional.

    That said, the pitching staff does get a ton of weak grounders.

    Comment by MikeM — June 29, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  7. I know that defense is susceptible to ups and downs (slumps I guess you could say) the same way pitching and hitting are, but is there evidence that defense is LESS susceptible? If so, it seems like building your team to be great at Defense would provide the least variability in performance, when compared to the other two.

    Comment by Briks42 — June 29, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  8. “We catch line drives.”

    Comment by Garrett — June 29, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  9. Death to Flying things.

    Watching a Rays game is like watching a dead-ball era game sometimes.

    Comment by Jerome S. — June 29, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  10. The Rays are not the team which is great in one aspect (fielding) and average in otherwise. They can run well (I think also top in MLB), they have arguably one of the best front office and manager, as seen in roster flexibility or depth chart and platoon, they are better at preventing injury, etc…..

    The team you talk about is the one that seeks for “The Extra 2%”.

    Comment by gradygradychase — June 29, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  11. I love how they’re using FIP, which is a stat based on the incorrect assumption that BABIP is completely random, in and article where they are trying to argue that BABUP proves the Ray’s defense is good.

    Is Babip random? Or is it a product of pitching and defense? You can’t have it both ways.

    Comment by RC — June 30, 2011 @ 8:46 am

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