Godfrey: Defensive metrics weren’t kind to Blue Jays in 2018

From Hayden Godfrey at Jays Journal on November 8, 2018:

An arguable yardstick for measuring the effectiveness of a particular player in the field, the SABR Defensive Index was quite unkind to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018.

It was, all told, disappointing, yet unsurprising that the Blue Jays did not have a Gold Glove Award winner in 2018. While Justin Smoak was a finalist, he didn’t have that much of a shot given his incredibly tough competition. But what about the other members of the Toronto Blue Jays? By some standards, even worse.

The SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Defensive Index is an aggregate sabermetric figure that, according to the official SABR website, is one of the factors that determine who wins the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for a given position. Here’s how the Blue Jays fared in that category this season, courtesy of SABR.

Read the full article here: https://jaysjournal.com/2018/11/08/blue-jays-defensive-metrics-not-kind-2018/

Originally published: November 8, 2018. Last Updated: November 8, 2018.