Fielding Bible forecasts Tigers 22nd in defense
Believe it or not, there’s a baseball publication that isn’t forecasting complete doom and gloom for the Tigers defense this year. Actually, according to the latest edition of The Fielding Bible by John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec, they’re not even close.
This year’s edition, just released, uses the advanced metric of Defensive Runs Saved to forecast how many runs defenses will cost or save their team over the course of the season. The Tigers’ number is negative, but at minus-11, it isn’t nearly as bad as what might have been expected.
Minus-11 ranks them 22nd out of 30 Major League teams, and 12th in the American League. By comparison, the Florida Marlins — who are converting Hanley Ramirez from shortstop to third — are projected dead last for the second straight year at minus-30. They finished at minus-75 in 2011. The Twins are next-to-last at minus-29 after finishing in that spot last year.
By comparison, the Tigers defense saved the team 14 runs, according to the metric. That ranked 10th best in baseball.
Here’s the full list, courtesy of ACTA Sports: