Thursday, May 8, 2014
Pitching and defense.
Looking at the defensive metrics at Prospectus, I see that the Reds currently have the highest defensive efficiency in all of baseball, and the second highest (behind Oakland) PADE (Park Adjusted Defensive Efficiency). Last season they were also second, also behind Oakland, and the year before that they were 11th, then 6th, then 10th, so pretty high since 2010. Also interesting that Oakland and Cincinnati are two teams that have been contending pretty much every season of the last several, despite not having very many big time bats in their lineup. Run prevention is half the game, and if you can keep the other team from scoring a lot of runs, you will always have a chance to win, even with a reduced offensive profile.