The Morning Edition (May 24, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth


From Last Night:

  • The Angels get 4 HR off former teammate Santana to beat the Royals
  • The Indians take out their Tigers frustration on the Red Sox, win 12-3
  • Gausman doesn’t impress with results in his debut, falls to the Jays
  • The Pirates get to Jackson, win 4-2

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Zimmermann faces the Phils (7p Eastern)
  • Masterson looks to stay hot against the Red Sox (7p Eastern)
  • Danks makes his season debut against the Marlins (8p Eastern)
  • Burnett heads to Milwaukee (8p Eastern)
  • McCarthy looks to back up two good starts against the Friars (930p)

The Big Question:

  • Who would you guess is the worst defensive team in the league?

I’d have said the Astros before I looked it up, but it’s the Angels. The Angels! They’re -37 DRS, -16.1 UZR, -10.3 UZR/150 which are all 30th best in the league. That seems really crazy to me given some of the great defenders they have, but with their overall struggles, some must be leaking into the defensive side. Let’s look. I set the minimum innings to 30 at a position and looked at the leaderboard. Here it is:



I know defensive numbers don’t stabilize this early, but that’s just not what you want to see for a team that should be pretty good on defense.


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