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.
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
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.