Anyone else think Keith Law says stuff only for attention sometimes?
Well written piece Dan.
Aside from the numbers to back it up I still don't see what Law is talking about here. If you take a look around the diamond and just eye ball it you'll think of good defense just looking at some of the names: Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, Derrek Lee, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy
Average: Brian Roberts
Below ave: Mark REynolds and Luke Scott
Looks like your stats proved Law wrong but also still unsure of what his statement was based off of...
I also wanted to point out a few kinks in UZR
that I found while researching for this piece.
UZR seems to have trouble quantifying defensive production in the outfield at OPACY. Consider our two mainstays in the OF over the last few years:
Jones career UZR at home: -8.1
Jones career UZR away: 1.1Markakis career UZR at home: -14.6
Markakis career UZR away: +26.9
And here are the 3 year averages on Jones from the three metrics:
DRS: + 6.33
Total Zone: +8.66UZR: -2.1
Is it possible that, for some reason, our outfielders are gold glove candidates on the road but below average at home? Sure.
Is it possible that UZR is catching some aspect of our outfielders' range that is going unnoticed by other systems? Sure.
But I think Ockham's Razor would suggest that UZR is a bit off in this case.