How bad was the Sox defense in 2009?
October 12th, 2009 by czar

The Sox were 4th to last in DER, and had the biggest dropoff in the majors from 2008 to 2009. Below average UZR, tied for the lowest RF/9 in MLB as a whole. Pretty much the only fielding metric where they weren’t below league average was– widely accepted as possibly the worst one out there– fielding %. Also, (I don’t have time to run spreadsheets now) but in the Buchholz thread I noted that the GB BABIP was a good deal higher for the Sox than MLB average– this could be partly the field conditions as discussed by Pedroia, but more than likely, the absolute utter lack of range on the left side of the infield for half a season.

And while the road offense might have been weaker than in year’s past, but you can certainly make an argument the Sox were the 2nd or 3rd best (granted, distantly behind NYY) offense in baseball. Yeah, they ultimately lost because they couldn’t score runs against Lackey and Weaver, but other than the occasional cold stretch during the season; this wasn’t the glaring problem stopping us from being the 2nd best team in baseball.

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