Dewan: The White Sox’s defensive decline

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on June 17, 2016:

The White Sox were the toast of the AL in the first few weeks of the season. Not only did their 16-7 start to the season earn them a three-game lead over the World Series champion Royals in the Central on April 28, it gave them the best record in the league. Only the record-setting Cubs had a faster start to the season.

Since that quick start, the White Sox have slowly faded to their current record of 33-33 and fourth place in a competitive AL Central. There have been several reasons for the team’s reversal, but none stand out as much as their decline in defensive performance. Back on April 28, White Sox’s defenders combined for 13 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), tied for the fourth best total in baseball and the third best in the AL.

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Originally published: June 17, 2016. Last Updated: June 17, 2016.