10/30 Barney’s numbers
A note to folks upset that Darwin Barney did not repeat as the National League Gold Glove winner: His numbers from last year and this year were rather different. And Barney would be the first to tell you he needs to do better. Brandon Phillips started 151 games at second; Barney 139. The Padres’ Jedd Gyorko posted a .851 zone rating to lead all NL second basemen, Phillips was second at .833 and Barney was seventh at .799. Barney did lead all NL second basemen in fielding percentage at .993. Phillips was first in total assists (428).
Here’s a comparison between Barney’s 2012 stats (when he won a Gold Glove) and this season:
Number of balls fielded: 517
Total putouts: 311
Double plays: 86
Number of balls fielded: 425
Total putouts: 236
Double plays: 69
Note on UZR Rating: A plus 15 is Gold Glove caliber; a plus 10 is great; a plus five is above average.
Note on WAR: Wins Above Replacement is an attempt to summarize a player’s total contribution to the team in one stat. According to Fangraphs, it looks at a player and asks, if this guy was injured, and he had to be replaced with a Minor Leaguer or someone from the bench, how much value would the team be losing? An MVP gets a six-plus WAR; a solid starter 2-3 WAR. A scrub, 0-1. I understand WAR includes offensive stats, but Barney’s drop off is rather dramatic.
— Carrie Muskat