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Monday, March 28, 2005
... and Defense?

In the Sox last 6 spring training games, they have allowed 9, 11, 11, 7, 15, and 8 runs, respectively. In the last 12, their record is 1-9 when scoring less than 10 runs.

Kenny Williams supposedly put together a team that wins through pitching and defense, but currently I'm not seeing it. I know it's only spring training, but it's getting close to being time to worry.

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Speaking of defense, David Pinto over at Baseball Musings has introduced a graphical representation of a fielder's range. There's some great info in there, some more obvious than others.

  • Paul Konerko -- Shows good ability on groundballs, terrible on bunts, and good on liners to his right.
  • Juan Uribe -- Good all over, though I'm not sure he has enough data from any one position to really draw any broad conclusions.
  • Joe Crede -- The data reaffirms what I've felt about Joe's defense for a while; it's overrated. He's not very good at all to his right, this could be simply a product of positioning.
  • Jermaine Dye -- Excellent range towards center.
  • Aaron Rowand -- Solid, average.

Those last two are the most interesting. Right-center field is where fly balls go to dye this year. Although both of these graphs could be a product of positioning. Dye probably shaded a little towards center on the year, with Kotsay shading towards left, as Byrnes was excellent down the left field line.

Taking a look at Podsednik's graphs, we see that overall he was below average on the easy stuff, but very good at hard hit balls to his right.

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Baseball Tonight makes it debut as I type this. The season is just around the corner now. They've got new digs, but they're back to their same 'ole ways. Harold Reynolds thinks the Dodgers are 2004 D'backs. He's on crack.