Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pirates' defense has been nothing special

Dejan Kovacevic explains the perhaps unlikely combination of the Pirates' good fielding percentage and their not-good BABIP (opponents' batting average on balls in play). The players' range has not been good, and the fundamentals have been neglected. Pitchers like Duke and Maholm cannot be expected to look good if they start in front of a defense that cannot get to an above-average percentage of balls.

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