First, a primer from John Walsh:
Using play-by-play data, I consider five different situations when a throw from the outfield is important:
- Single with runner on first base (second base unoccupied).
- Double with runner on first base.
- Single with runner on second base.
- Fly out with runner on third base, fewer than two outs.
- Fly out with runner on second base, fewer than two outs (third base unoccupied).
For those plays, I add up how often the runner is thrown out (kill) or how often the runner is "held," i.e. prevented from taking an extra base (hold). A comparison with league average allows me to rate the outfielder's arm.
With that in mind, here are the studs from '07 across all 3 outfield positions as sorted by Runs/200. What's most surprising to me is Soriano's outstanding numbers from left field.
How do our beloved Red Sox stack up? Not very well, to be quite honest.
|Boston Red Sox|
|Nixon, Trot||(former) RF||82||127||101||-1.1||-2.6|
Many thanks to John Walsh for compiling and posting this fantastic report. Again, you can read the entire article here.