|August 2, 2003
The Yankees' pitching is no longer otherworldly good, but it's still the best in the league. And, while their fielding has been better in June and July, it's still below-average. Seattle and Oakland, meanwhile, have superb fielding (even correcting for their ballparks). And so does Tampa Bay (such bad pitching!)
The really interesting team on this chart is the Red Sox. Their pitching is second-best in the league and their fielding, once adjusted for that ballpark on the Pike, is close to average. Yet their runs allowed record is far below average. My assumption is that the bullpen's poor performance in the first half of the year led to an unfortunate bunching of run elements, driving up the actual runs scored. With their recent bullpen acquisitions, the Red Sox just might take over the AL East.