This article is part of our The Z Files series.While analyzing defense has come a long way, there's still work to be done. It's relevancy in the fantasy game pertains to evaluating pitchers, as it stands to reason their numbers should reflect superior defensive support.
Whether it's a team's penchant for making the routine play, the outstanding play or simply better positioning, the best measure for our purposes is BABIP (batting average on balls in play). This is especially apropos for those generating pitching projections using component metrics. Each hurler's BABIP is usually regressed towards league mean for that type of pitcher (groundball, fly ball). Tempering towards team defense seems like a worthwhile endeavor.
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