Commentary

Don't be fooled by errors

Many teams with good fielding percentages aren't very good on defense

Updated: June 18, 2011, 12:24 PM ET
By Ben Jedlovec | Baseball Info Solutions
Jimmy RollinsNick Laham/Getty ImagesJimmy Rollins and the Phillies have committed the third-fewest errors in MLB this year.

In the piece I wrote last week about Cliff Lee's struggles, I pointed out that a lot of his problems had to do with the Phillies' poor defense. This led one commenter to write:

"This article seems to forget that the Phillies are the team with the second least amount of errors in baseball. Poor defense? No. Defensive runs saved is a very flawed statistic."

The commenter is correct about the errors. The Philadelphia Phillies have made the third-fewest errors and have the highest fielding percentage in the baseball this season. By this logic, you might be fooled into thinking they're a great defensive team behind their superb pitching staff. But there is so much more to good defense than not making errors.


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