• Leather Game Faces

    Posted by on June 20th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    Defense Efficiency Ratio is the percentage of times a batted ball is turned into an out by the teams’ fielders, not including home runs.

    Baseball Prospectus tracks this statistic. Here’s the AL leaders as of this morning:

    DER620.jpg

    The good news here is that the Yankees are doing a very good job, so far, this season, at turning batted balls into outs. The bad news here is that column above titled “ROE” – that’s “Reached On Error” (meaning the number of times a batter reaches base as a direct result of a fielding error).

    Only the Angels are worse, so far, this year, in the AL, in terms of allowing guys to reach base via an error.

    I guess this should not be a shock. A-Rod has 11 errors this season already. Cano has 7 and Jeter has 6 to his discredit. Giambi has 5 and Phillips has one less than that. When your infield has 33 errors in 68 games, I would imagine that some of those allowed people to reach base safely.

    The Yankees are also second-worst in the AL, to date, in terms of allowing unearned runs (UER):

    UER620.jpg

    Just imagine how bad things would be for the Yankees, in the field, if more of those batted balls went for hits instead of outs? Better lucky than good, right?

    Comments on Leather Game Faces

    1. rbj
      June 20th, 2006 | 3:52 pm

      So the Yankees are good at turning batted balls into outs — or errors. Still having trouble wrapping my brain around that one.

    2. June 20th, 2006 | 4:24 pm

      Errors are counted in DER. So the Yankees are having a good year defensively, period. My guess is Johnny Damon is having a large effect.

    3. June 20th, 2006 | 4:27 pm

      David – 33 E’s in the INF in 68 games is good?

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