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Red Sox's Defense Among Baseball's Best? 2019 MLB Rankings Support Case

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Mar 14, 2019 10:27 AM 1+ mon ago

Red Soxs Defense Among Baseballs Best? 2019 MLB Rankings Support Case

The Red Sox have a stacked lineup and a deep starting rotation. Both were huge reasons for Boston's 2018 World Series victory and will be crucial for sustained success in 2019.

Boston's glove work is somewhat underrated given the club's other, more prominent strengths, but MLB.com's Mike Petriello on Wednesday ranked the top 10 defensive teams for 2019 and the Red Sox checked in at No. 4. Only the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians will enter this season with better defenses, according to Petriello's list.

Petriello used projected fielding runs, from FanGraphs, to identify MLB's best defensive units. The stat takes into account each player's projected fielding value relative to the positional average, with expected playing time baked in, and the Red Sox boast a plus-25 projected fielding runs mark. The Royals, Angels and Indians sit at plus-25, plus-23 and ...

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