Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Speed and Defense Leaders, Laggards
This past November the author wrote a piece examining the value of elite speed as measured in wins — which it to say, those sorts of wins as might be produced by baserunning and (in this case) outfield defense.
What follows is a sort of conceptual relative of that brief study, insofar as the object has been to identify those players who have been most productive this season by means of baserunning and defensive ability alone. What the author has done is find, for each player, both his baserunning runs and also his total of defensive runs saved (UZR) with the positional adjustment from WAR included.
While the caveats regarding single-season defensive numbers absolutely apply in this instance, one will also observe that, by including positional adjustments, as well, that the effect of the volatility of those same numbers over a small sample is somewhat muted.
Speed and Defense Leaders
Here are the top-10 players this season by the methodology outlined above. Run is runs produced by means of baserunning. Def is a combination of UZR and the positional adjustment from WAR. Tot is a combination of those two figures.
|Shane Victorino||Red Sox||356||2.6||16.0||18.6|
|Alexei Ramirez||White Sox||479||4.1||11.0||15.1|
Speed and Defense Laggards
Here are the bottom-10 players by speed and defense, according to the methodology outlined above.
|Adam Dunn||White Sox||437||-2.6||-17.5||-20.1|
|Paul Konerko||White Sox||347||-5.9||-10.6||-16.5|
|Maicer Izturis||Blue Jays||357||-2.2||-13.6||-15.8|
• Cleveland outfielder Michael Bourn, the player who most distinguished himself in that November study for producing wins by means of speed and defense, ranks only 96th among all major leaguers this season, at +5.0 runs total.
• Among players with more than 100 plate appearances recorded this season, Yankees (and former Dodgers) infielder Luis Cruz has produced the highest rate of speed and defense runs produced, with 41.7 of them for every 600 plate appearances. Among players with more than 300 plate appearances, Arizona’s A.J. Pollock is first overall, at 33.4 runs per 600 plate appearances.
• A complete page featuring every player is available here.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Miami at Atlanta | 19:30 ET
Jacob Turner (77.1 IP, 109 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR) faces Brandon Beachy (10.0 IP, 105 xFIP-, -0.2 WAR). While the latter has done less in the way of “preventing runs” then he’d likely prefer, he’s managed an 11.5% swinging-strike rate over his first two major-league starts — i.e. very similar to the mark from his excellent 2011 season.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.3.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Kyle Gibson||MIN||3||3||4||1||6||CHA||John Danks||14:10|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||4||7||6||7||6||CLE||Scott Kazmir||19:05|
|Rick Porcello||DET||8||8||8||3||9||NYA||Ivan Nova||19:05|
|John Lannan||PHI||2||1||4||2||7||WAS||Dan Haren||19:05|
|Jarrod Parker||OAK||3||6||5||6||5||TOR||Esmil Rogers||19:07|
|Andrew Cashner||SD||6||6||5||3||4||CIN||Bronson Arroyo||19:10|
|Jacob Turner||MIA||6||2||6||8||7||ATL||B. Beachy*||19:30|
|Jake Peavy||BOS||7||8||7||6||7||KC||Ervin Santana||20:10|
|Liam Hendriks*||MIN||6||3||5||1||7||CHA||Chas. Leesman*||20:10|
|Matt Garza||TEX||5||3||3||4||1||HOU||Erik Bedard||20:10|
|Chris Rusin||CHN||3||5||5||3||7||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Francisco Liriano||PIT||9||7||6||7||3||COL||J. de la Rosa||20:40|
|Jeremy Hefner||NYN||5||6||6||2||9||AZ||Patrick Corbin||21:40|
|Kyle Lohse||MIL||5||4||4||5||3||SEA||Joe Saunders||22:10|
|David Price||TB||8||10||7||3||5||LAN||Chris Capuano||22:10|
|Chris Tillman||BAL||4||9||4||5||2||SF||R. Vogelsong||22:15|
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