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  1. "Prior to the 2020 MLB season, Sports Info Solutions (SIS) announced major upgrades to its flagship defensive metric, Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). These upgrades centered around the incorporation of infielder starting positions in the calculations and the improvements that were consequently able to be made." ... "Whatever credit the fielder may receive or lose on a play is based on where they were standing when the ball was hit, rather than simply assuming they were standing in a traditional starting location." https://library.fangraphs.com/tag/fielding-bible/ Looking at Team Shift Runs Saved (rTS) it somehow has the Angels at #1. It looks like the same data as the fieldingbible uses, just shift and non-shift added together. https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=0&type=1&season=2021&month=0&season1=2021&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&startdate=2021-01-01&enddate=2021-12-31&sort=10,d "rTS measures whether a shift is doing what it is supposed to do – get outs on ground balls and short line drives that wouldn’t have been achieved with the traditional infield alignment. The calculation is done at the team level rather than the individual level." from https://sportsinfosolutionsblog.com/2019/04/01/what-is-team-shift-runs-saved/ All of that doesn't mean that the Angels are a good defensive team. They're bad. Now I wonder if every time I witnessed the shift failing it just added to some confirmation bias. Maybe Iglesias (-23 DRS) was really that bad independent of the shift.
  2. The bullpen is 6 for 6 in allowing Suarez' inherited runners to score (as a starter).
  3. Penny wise and pound foolish. Arte is not cheap but he wins the Chairman Mao Misallocation of Resources award. Sleep and nutrition are the two most important factors in avoiding injury and recovering from injury. Lack of proper sleep (slow wave 0.5 to 4 HZ in particular) is absolutely vital. It doesn't just happen. I notice a huge difference between 30 minutes and 2 hours of deep sleep. Eating garbage fast food while trying to recover from the previous start? A starting pitcher loads and unloads huge forces into muscles, tendons, ligaments about 100 times. Some damage is done no matter what. There aren't any magical mechanics that can avoid it. The pitchers who heal completely between starts are those who avoid injury. Yes, there is almost certainly a genetic component but hitting the vital sleep/nutrition part should be easy. Humans can only make about 3 grams of glycine per day (even assuming plenty of sleep and abundant essential aminos). Is that enough for an athlete to rebuild after a start. I doubt it but why risk it? Steak is cheap compared to TJ surgery. Feed these guys. Even ignoring the human side of it, these are multimillion dollar investments at stake. I doubt the bean-counters thought this one through.
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