Last year, David Pinto published a “probabilistic model of range” — one of the most sophisticated zone-based analyses of fielding around. Similar to MGL’s Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), it calculates how well each fielder got to balls hit in specific zones, compared to the major league average for each zone.
MGL isn’t publishing his UZR rankings this year, so it’s great that David is publishing his analysis again. Hopefully, this is the first of several tables David will produce.
According to David’s analysis, the best fielding teams this year were the Cardinals, Red Sox, Cubs and White Sox. You’ve probably already noticed that the first two teams also happened to make it to the World Series. Head on over to David’s blog for more great insight.