Dodgers News: Max Muncy thrives on defense, but LA field is lacking

Max Muncy is the highest rated Dodger using the SABR Defensive Index (SDI), an amalgamation of five different stats, representing both ball and position based metrics as well as game-by-play data.

Muncy scores 3.2 by SDI, the 20th best fielder in the National League and the only Dodger in the top 25. He has the highest SDI score at first base, which could come in handy during awards season. SDI accounts for 25 percent of the Gold Glove Award, with manager and coach votes counting for 75 percent of the tally.

“He catches baseball. He saves a lot of runs and outs. The range was very good. His reaction time to the first step is very good, ”manager Dave Roberts said of Muncy on Friday. “I look in my eyes and I look at the metrics. He is clearly above everyone else.

In 2020, with regionalized schedules, the Golden Gloves were determined solely by statistics.

Mookie Betts has won five consecutive Golden Gloves, including the National League’s top right fielder with 7.5 SDI in 2020, the NL’s second-highest total at all positions. But this year, a season that Betts has called frustrating and bad, a season in which they have had to deal with lingering injuries, Betts are below par in right field (-0.3), 11th out of 16 players qualified for this position.

A visit to other positions tells the story of how the Dodgers have struggled defensively this season, with the caveat that this only counts defensive players with enough innings to qualify at a specific position until the 11th. July.

Defensive ranking of the Dodgers by SDI

Player Position IDS Rank at post
Player Position IDS Rank at post
Will smith VS 1.6 7 of 26
Austin barnes VS 0.0 18 from 26
Max Muncy 1B 3.2 1st of 19
Albert Pujols 1B -0.6 14 of 19
Justin turner 3B -3.6 18 from 19
Gavin Lux SS -1.3 15 of 20
Corey seager SS -1.9 16 of 20
AJ Pollock LF 0.7 8 of 17
Chris taylor FC -1.4 12 of 16
Zach McKinstry RF -0.2 10 of 16
Mookie betts RF -0.3 11 of 16

through the games of July 11

Source: SABR


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