2013 update on Defensive Indifference – this year’s most Indifferent defenses

December 2nd, 2013 by pbr

Only 343 base-advancements were due to Defensive Indifference in 2013, down 10 DIs from 2012. But, 343 still ranks 2nd in this century, well ahead of the 2009 total of 307, which now holds third place for the period from 2000 to 2013. In 2000, only 199 plays were scored as Defensive Indifference.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco could not be bothered to make a throw 15 different times while runners who probably didn’t matter took a base. That makes him the NL Defensive Indifference award winner for 2013. AJ Ellis of the Dodgers was right behind him with 13, and fellow Red Ryan Hanigan was in third place with 13 DIs.

In the American League, Jose Lobaton (TB) and AJ Pierzynski (TEX) tied for the Defensive Indifference title, with 12 each.

While their were 10 fewer instances of Defensive Indifference recorded in 2013 than there were in 2012, they were more concentrated. In 2012, only 3 catchers committed Defensive Indifference at least 10 times. In 2013, eleven different catchers had 10 DIs. After the top 5 listed above, we have Alex Avila (DET), Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) and John Buck (NYM) with 11 each, and Chris Iannetta (ANA), Hank Conger (ANA) and Kurt Suzuki (WAS) had 10 each.

Here are the team by team totals for Defensive Indifference in the 2013 regular season:
Reds – 28
Angels – 20
Dodgers – 20
Nationals – 18
Tigers – 17
Brewers – 16
Mets – 16
Rangers – 16
Rays – 15
Mariners – 15
Rockies – 13
White Sox – 12
Cardinals – 11
Pirates – 11
Red Sox – 11
Royals – 10
Indians – 9
Braves – 9
Yankees – 9
Padres – 9
Blue Jays – 8
Cubs – 8
Marlins – 6
A’s – 6
Orioles – 6
Diamondbacks – 6
Twins – 5
Giants – 5
Astros – 5
Phillies – 3

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