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Sabermetrics: Quick San Francisco Giants season review, defense

By Timmy Kennedy

Baseball is a game of numbers, statistics and nowadays, sabermetrics. While the San Francisco Giants aren’t really a sabermetrics aware franchise, here is a quick round-up of how the World Series Champions looked in terms of the numbers. Because, maybe and hopefully, some of us do care about how the numbers look — regardless of the ring.

Buster Posey, catcher: DRS of -4. (Isn’t the defensive stud we all think he his. Granted, his pitch calling and framing are superb, though.)

Buster Posey, first base: DRS of 2 and a UZR/150 of 13.9. (He could be a gold glover, as a full-time first baseman.)

Brandon Belt: DRS of 3, and a UZR/150 of 5.9. (I want a full season of Belt. Who doesn’t?)

Joe Panik: DRS of -2 and a UZR/150 of 2.0. (Solid. Joe Panik is solid.)

Brandon Crawford: DRS of 8, and a UZR/150 of 1.2. (I don’t care about his errors, and neither should you. Defensive stud.)

Pablo Sandoval: DRS of 4, and a UZR/150 of 3.5. (Isn’t that great on defense. His fluctuating weight hindered down the stretch.)

Hunter Pence: DRS of -2, and a UZR/150 of 3.9. (Come on Fangraphs, just because he’s quirky, and plays the hardest right field in baseball.)

Angel Pagan: DRS of -5, and a UZR/150 of -10.1. (Yeah. Pagan is much better off in left field.)

Gregor Blanco, centre: DRS of -7, and a UZR/150 of 1.9. (Defensive replacement, please, no, San Francisco.)

Gregor Blanco, left: DRS of 4, and a UZR/150 of 4.6. (Awkward. He should play left, too. He have too many left fielders: who would’ve thought?)

Andrew Susac: DRS of 1. (And he barely even played. Let’s imagine what he could do, if he did.)

Travis Ishikawa: DRS of 1, and a UZR/150 of 45.9. (Wait, what? Small sample size. Must be the small sample size.)

Joaquin Arias: DRS of 2, and a UZR/150 of 20. (IT MUST BE THE SAMPLE SIZE.)

Brandon Hicks: DRS of 5, and a UZR/150 of 2.5. (I remember you. You were actually, quite, good.)

Matt Duffy: DRS of 0, and a UZR/150 of 33.4. (THAT DANGED SAMPLE SIZE. YOU DON’T COUNT.)

With defensive metrics, a one year evaluation isn’t a fair depiction of a player’s true defensive talent. Stay tuned to Around the Foghorn for more season reviews, with a sabermetrics twist. Come and read more, if you like numbers, that is.