2008 Blue Jays Defensive (+/-) Wrapup
I haven’t seen this floating around yet, so here are the numbers for the Jays starters based on the plus minus (+/-) system. Don’t blame me, read this for more info on where it all comes from. I’ve included the innings at each positions as well so you know how seriously to take some of these results (one full season at a position is probably a small sample size).
Toronto Blue Jays 2008 Plus-Minus
|Alex Rios||RF: +15, CF: +11||4th, 6th||820, 522|
|Scott Rolen||+13||3rd||1006 2/3|
|Marco Scutaro||SS: +12, 2B: +2, 3B: + 15||N/A||472, 354, 332|
|David Eckstein||-12||29th||484 1/3|
- Alex Rios’ gazelle strides trump his wacky routes and he should win another fielding bible award, ranking among the leaders despite splitting time between two positions. Did I mention his arm?
- A battle looms between 2/3 of a season of Scott Rolen and Adrian Beltre (who at +32 apparently should win it this season) for the GG. Do the writers go for the incumbent or one of the best of all time down on his luck?
- Hey, I didn’t even read about the Silk Glove for Overbay until just now. Cool. I always wonder about ‘advanced defensive metrics’ for 1B since picking balls out of the dirt is so important and completely ignored.
- It’s hard to really know about Scutaro because he moved around so much- but he clearly had a banner defensive season (must have been all those clever glove flips), unlike in 2006 when at -26 he was the worst SS in the league for the A’s. MVP!
- Didn’t it seem like John Macdonald wasn’t on the highlight reel quite as often this season? His numbers were poor to the statistically prehistoric (his fielding percentage of .960 was lower than any qualifying SS), bronze-age (his Range Factor of 4.03 was worse than all but two as well) as well as the postmodern (see above). Was 2007 a career defensive year for Mac?
- Hill was +25 and +22 in the last two seasons, both the best in the majors – so it’s not like plus minus has it in for him. I would plead sample size but Hill did look a little shaky in the field over the first few weeks. Maybe he heard the footsteps.
- Your eyes were not deceiving you. Despite not having made a single error in the major leagues over 1259 1/3 innings standing around out there (!), Adam Lind is a bit of a clown in left field. He was at +11 last season, but I think this is more like it. If he and Snider are swapping between DH and LF next season, Cito should lean towards Snider in the field (he has a better arm, too).
- There’s more on Wells’ struggles here.
Overall, THT says that the Jays had the best defense in the majors at +72, especially impressive considering only 4 other AL teams were above 0 and the Rays were next with +24.