Things to Ponder: UZR Among NL Shortstops

There’s not a lot to talk about during the All-Star Break, so let’s take a look at some midseason numbers while we wait for games to start again. UZR is a bit of a controversial stat, but it’s not nearly as confusing as some make it out to be. On the surface, it’s fairly simple — positive numbers are above average (good), negative numbers are below average (bad).

If I just tell you that Troy Tulowitzki leads all NL shortstops in UZR at the All-Star break with a UZR of 9.6, it’s easy to see that he’s been good, but sometimes you need a different way to look at the numbers to truly let everything soak in. That’s why I threw this together (click to enlarge):

And yes, Tulowitzki has been nearly 20 runs better defensively than Yuniesky Betancourt. No wonder rumors connecting the Brewers to Rafael Furcal and J.J. Hardy are growing louder during the break.