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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Defense key to Rangers' ERA


You want to find yourself in the SweetSpot? It's easy: Correct me, as Dave Cameron did today: As Cameron notes, the elevation of Elvis Andrus pushed Michael Young to third base, plus Chris Davis is now the every-day first baseman, which winds up making three infield positions better than they were last year (oh, and here's Andrus making one of the defensive plays of the year).

As I noted, a significant bit of the Ranger pitching's "improvement" can be attributed to Kevin Millwood, whose ERA has dropped from 5.07 last year to 2.92 this year (granted, in just seven starts). But maybe Millwood only furthers Cameron's point, because Millwood's success has come despite a significantly lower strikeout rate, as the former power pitcher is averaging fewer than five K's per nine innings.

Keep those corrections coming!