Found May 30, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Let’s play a game called “Which one of these is not like the others?” Culled from Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and yours truly, defensive ratings for Brett Lawrie: Metric RAA DRS 21 UZR 6.6 TotalZone 7 FRAA 7.0 So. Let’s say that UZR, TotalZone, and FRAA all give Lawrie credit for seven runs. That’s 14 runs saved that DRS credits Lawrie for that none of the other metrics do. The difference between DRS and the field is double the number of runs that the other metrics assign to Lawrie. The two metrics that are most comparable in this case are DRS and UZR, as they both rely on the same batted ball and hit location data provided by Baseball Info Solutions. So how do the two metrics come to such radically divergent views of Lawrie’s defense? The new “new Moneyball...

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Morrow leaves after being struck on right leg

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Cecil Responding

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Looking at the Blue Jays' Rest of Season ZIPS Projections

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