- Kevin Youkilis is slightly above average at first — just ahead of Doug Mientkiewicz (0.48 runs above average to 0.27). Jason Giambi is dead last in the majors, costing the Yankees nearly 12 runs — or more than one game per season — defensively on average.
- Mark Loretta actually is subpar defensively, with a -4.81 ZRate. Robinson Cano fares quite well here.
- Best defensive third baseman in the league, far and away, without a contest? Mike Lowell, who gives the Red Sox nearly 15 runs over your average third baseman (David Bell). Dead last? "Gold Glover" Alex Rodriguez, nearly nine runs in the hole.
- Gonzo is the No. 3 shortstop in the majors (+7.05), second in the AL to Juan Uribe. "Gold Glover" Derek Jeter lands in 29th place (-8.17). Incidentally, Hanley Ramirez and Edgar Renteria both fare poorly here as well.
- Manny’s not winning that Gold Glove this year (although maybe he will, considering the A-Rod and Jeter wins), finishing second-to-last among left fielders with a -16.83. Melky Cabrera is better, but still below average (-5.00) — and worse than Alfonso Soriano.
- Johnny Damon far outranks Coco Crisp, who I’lla dmit has been disappointing this year in center, let alone at the plate. Crisp does beat out Andruw Jones, though.
- Trot Nixon is a tad below average, while Bernie Williams is dead last among right fielders.
For the record, that’s four Yankees and one Red Sox in the Bottom 3 defensively at their respective positions, and two Red Sox and zero Yankees in the Top 3 in their respective positions. Just, you know, pointing that out.
(Disclaimer: ZRate is widely considered the best measure of defense, although many argue with its ability to differentiate between positions, and sabermatricians acknowledge that defense remains the last frontier for baseball statistics.)