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Stat of the Week: 2018 Defensive Runs Saved Leaders

By Mark SimonWith the 2018 regular season concluded, let’s look at the leaders in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman finished as the overall leader with [...]

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Minor League Defensive Runs Saved End-of-Season Roundup

When a promising position player gets called up from the minors, you almost never hear about his defensive prospects unless they are extreme in one direction or the other. At Baseball Info Solutions, we use Minor League Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) as a tool to expand fans' knowledge of the defensive side of the [...]

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Stat of the Week: Tommy John Surgery in Major League Baseball

This month, two of baseball’s promising young pitchers—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels and Michael Kopech of the White Sox—learned that they will likely need Tommy John surgery due to torn ulnar collateral ligaments in their throwing arms. While Ohtani remains in the Angels’ lineup as a hitter, Kopech’s debut season is over after fewer than 15 innings.In the 2018 Bill [...]

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Stat of the Week: Who was August's top defensive player?

In a crowded group of highly-talented center fielders, it has been tough for Adam Engel to stand out from the rest. But in August he did. He’s our selection as the MLB Defensive Player of the Month.Engel finished the month with eight Defensive Runs Saved, the most by any outfielder. Half of that total was [...]

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Stat of the Week: Shifting is at an all-time high

Something monumental happened in baseball this past weekend—and it wasn’t the Orioles being given a nationally televised game. By the end of play on Sunday, teams had shifted on balls in play 28,249 times, surpassing the previous record of 28,130 set in 2016. They are now on pace to shift just under 35,000 times this season, [...]

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Stat of the Week: Catcher-Framing and Winning In Sync

By MARK SIMON Notice a pattern in the team leaderboard for Strike Zone Runs Saved this season? [...]

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Stat of the Week: NL Total Runs/MVP Race is Tight

The National League MVP race is shaping up to be incredibly tight with a little more than a month left in the regular season, and it parallels the race for the lead in the Total Runs stat.Total Runs combines Runs Created (offense), Baserunning Runs and Defensive Runs Saved, along with a positional adjustment (but not [...]

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Stat of the Week: ​The Diamondbacks' Amazing Defense

Though we shone a spotlight on the Milwaukee Brewers’ defense last week, we neglected to mention a team that was just a notch behind them. That team has since surpassed the Brewers statistically and currently has no equals on the defensive front—the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have 108 Defensive Runs Saved this season. If that total holds, [...]

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Who was July's best defensive player?

The Brewers are dominating defensively and their outfielders are dominating our Defensive Player of the Month award.We’re picking a Brewers outfielder again, giving Keon Broxton top honors for July. Among those Broxton edged out was his teammate, Lorenzo Cain, who won the award in May. Broxton’s offense did not match his defense though and he [...]

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Who are MLB's top rookies in 2018?

By Mark Simon Let’s interrupt your focus on the MLB Trade Deadline to take a look at some players who probably aren’t going anywhere – the top rookies in the majors in 2018. Using our Total Runs stat, which combines Runs Created, Defensive Runs Saved and Pitching Runs, along with an adjustment for position and playing time, [...]

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