Category Archives: fielding

The Tigers Problem Spot…Fielding

Boston Red Sox fielders were 5th best in the American League at turning batted balls into outs.  The Detroit Tigers defense ranked 10th in the AL.

Total Zone Fielding and Baseball Info Solutions Defensive Runs Saved both concur that Boston is an above average fielding squad while the Tigers pretty much stink.

The Tigers biggest problem spots on defense are in right field (Torii Hunter) and at the infield corners (Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera).  Certainly Boston hitters like Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia could pile up bloop hits all series long.

Fortunately the Tigers lineup is loaded and their starting rotation is the greatest of the century.  Jim Leyland‘s team may beat the Red Sox and advance to the World Series but it won’t be because of their fielding prowess.

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Did Gerardo Parra Cement a Gold Glove Last Night?

The Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra owned the Giants last night.  In the D’Backs win at San Fran the right fielder threw out two Giants base-runners. Brandon Crawford was nailed at home and Brandon Belt was caught by Parra at second.

Watch his awesome highlight reel here.

Parra now has a career high thirteen outfield assists.  Only Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon has more outfield assists in 2013 with fourteen.  For the year, FanGraphs has Parra at +19 Ultimate Zone Rating which places him first among NL right fielders.  I would say Parra’s first full year spent in right is going pretty well.

Further, since his call-up to the bigs in 2009 Parra is in a virtual tie with Jason Heyward and Michael Bourn for highest UZR among outfielders.

Kirk Gibson‘s D’Backs still have a shot at the NL wild card, if they make it they will owe much to Gerardo Parra’s gold glove play in the outfield.