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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.

All-Star 2B AL #LaserShow

Split       G  AB  R  H 2B HR RBI SB CS   BA  OBP  SLG
1st Half   74 305 41 81 19  6  33  6  3 .266 .326 .400
2nd Half   66 256 40 81 19  9  32 13  3 .316 .369 .504

Despite being part of the worst Red Sox season since the Johnson Administration, Dustin  Pedroia is the in-season comeback player of the year in the AL.

The “Laser Show” is the silver lining in Bobby-V’s only first season in Boston.  The second baseman leads the team in hits, runs, steals & WAR (+4).