From SABR member Mark Simon at ESPN.com on January 27, 2012:
I went through our data and divided the information into six storylines to consider about the Detroit defense. A lot of this information is a starting point for discussions, and I’d suggest not viewing the numbers as absolutes, but as indicators.
1. Fielder rates poorly as a first baseman
Worst first basemen since 2006, Defensive Runs Saved:
Prince Fielder, minus-48 runs
Paul Konerko, minus-38 runs
Adam Dunn, minus-35 runs
Ryan Howard, minus-32 runs
Fielder’s defensive issues relate to a simple matter — fielding batted balls in the areas in which first basemen record outs at least 50 percent of the time. This is covered in the Revised Zone Rating (RZR) metric. Fielder’s RZR since 2006 is .706, fourth-worst among those with at least 2,000 innings at first base.
Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/20298/six-angles-on-the-tigers-defense
Originally published: January 27, 2012. Last Updated: January 27, 2012.