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  1. Defensive storylines of the offseason: AL

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesRussell Martin, Didi Gregorius and Yoenis Cespedes are notable defense-minded acquisitions. The major-league baseball offseason still has a ways to go, but we thought we'd take a look at how teams have changed defensively heading into 20...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  2. By the numbers: Which Cain catch is best?

    Mark Simon

    Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe metrics rate this catch by Lorenzo Cain as his best of the postseason. One of the nice things about advanced defensive metrics is that we can use them to calculate just how good a play a player made. You've seen some ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  3. Defensive storylines for the ALCS

    Mark Simon

    The ALCS will be a matchup of two of the premier defensive teams in baseball in the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. The Orioles led the AL and ranked third in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved. The Royals ranked fourth in Defensive Runs...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  4. Best outfield D? Don't forget the Marlins

    Mark Simon

    Earlier this week a New York sports-talk radio host convinced himself that the New York Yankees' outfield combination of Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner was the best in the majors. That's a hard sell, at least so far this season. ...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  5. Jason Heyward June's top defender

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Todd Kirkland Jason Heyward has provided many moments of frustration for opposing hitters. Perhaps you saw it not long ago on "Sunday Night Baseball," one defensive whiz robbing another, with Jason Heyward coming in to make one impressiv...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  6. Ellsbury, Jeter, McCann are failing Yankees

    Mark Simon

    Both run-scoring base hits by the Kansas City Royals on Sunday came on balls New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury came close to catching, but couldn't quite come up with. Ellsbury Defensive Runs Saved Past 4 Seasons 2014 -6...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  7. Notes on D: Shifts, Tigers, leaping Lough

    Mark Simon

    Take a look at the spray chart on the right. Omar Infante provides an interesting dilemma for teams that like to shift. It is the profile of a right-handed hitter, Kansas City Royals infielder Omar Infante, with an extreme tendency to pul...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  8. The season's underrated defensive stars

    Mark Simon

    AP PhotoPedro Florimon and David Lough don't get a lot of press, but they have stellar defensive stats. We've written frequently about the outstanding defense of Andrelton Simmons, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gomez this season, but it should be noted...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  9. Defensive player of month: Juan Lagares

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Alex Brandon Juan Lagares has made tough catches look routine since being recalled by the Mets. New York Mets rookie outfielder Juan Lagares had to beat out the best of the best to win the Defensive Player of the Month award for August. ...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  10. August's top MLB defender: Juan Lagares

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Alex Brandon Juan Lagares has made tough catches look routine since being recalled by the Mets. Juan Lagares had to beat out the best of the best to win the ESPN.com Sweet Spot blog Defensive Player of the Month award for August. Lagare...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  11. Saturday storylines: Scherzer vs. Harvey

    Mark Simon

    About the ESPN Hot Zone • Use the dropdowns to select sortable information about the player. • A color will appear when there are at least five at-bats using the selected criteria. • Click on the image to recei...

    Blog | August 24, 2013
  12. Mets lap the rest of MLB on the bases

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/John MinchilloEric Young Jr. is just one part of the Mets' baserunning success in 2013. When we talk about the Mets' speed and smarts, we're not just referring to that which belongs to tonight's starter, Matt Harvey. We're referencing th...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  13. The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Royals)

    Mark Simon

    Notes and nuggets from the Mets' series loss to the Kansas City Royals, one that is most noteworthy for the loss of their team captain. Extra, extra The Mets added a pair of extra-inning games to their ledger, giving them 15 for the season. That'...

    Blog | August 05, 2013
  14. Defensive player of month: Lorenzo Cain

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Charles ReidelLorenzo Cain no longer lives in the shadow of his peers after his terrific July. It has been very difficult for an outfielder to win Defensive Player of the Month, but Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain's credent...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  15. How the 2013 Mets make the playoffs

    Mark Simon

    US Getty ImagesThe Mets need huge seasons from Johan Santana, Ike Davis and David Wright to have any hopes of 2013 success. Let's be honest: The trade of R.A. Dickey has given Mets fans every reason to punt on the 2013 season. Yes, you're looki...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  16. How the Royals can win the AL Central

    Mark Simon

    What would it take for the Kansas City Royals to unseat the Detroit Tigers, overtake the Chicago White Sox and hold off the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins to win the American Central in 2013? Over the past three seasons, the AL Central cham...

    Blog | December 11, 2012