Friday, September 18, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 18, 2020 -- "The Playoff-Bound White Sox"

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"Robert’s emergence has helped the White Sox become one of the best defensive teams in baseball, a key to their season so far. Only the Cardinals and Dodgers have a larger gap between their ERA and their FIP, indicating teams whose pitchers are getting, through some mix of luck and defense, better results than expected. During their rebuild, the Sox saw their Defensive Efficiency drop from third in MLB in 2017 to 21st last year. Now, no one is tracking DER in 2020, but we can use BABIP as a loose proxy; the Sox have jumped from 19th in BABIP allowed, .303, to fourth (.275)."