The Dodgers have been having a pretty miserable spring. They just lost Andre Ethier for three months because of a fractured tibia after he fouled a ball off of his shin. Ethier is just one of numerous injuries, most are to the pitching staff. Corey Seager has a strained knee ligament, and we’re probably stuck watching Brandon Beachy pitch for the first few weeks of the season. As a matter of fact I can’t think of anything good that has happened this exhibition season. It’s been that kind of spring for the Dodgers.
That makes me wonder something else. What in the world happened to the Dodger defense? One of the team’s biggest strengths last season was their top ranked defense. That seems to have fizzled out this spring. The Dodgers were wizards with the gloves in 2015. As a matter of fact the Dodgers ranked as the best fielding club in the National League. The Dodgers committed the least amount of errors, had the highest defensive efficiency and were one of the best ranked clubs according to Ultimate zone rating.
This spring training has been another story. This year has been littered with sloppy play and bumbling errors. Poor throws and lackluster fundamentals have been a problem in most games. They haven’t just come from one particular position either. No, they have been spread around the diamond equally.
The Dodgers rank 24th out of the 30 clubs defensively. They’ve made 25 errors in 23 games. They rank 24th with a .971 fielding percentage, and 17th in defensive efficiency (.654). The Dodgers have already had several four error games. The infield has only turned 17 double plays which ranks the Dodgers at the bottom of the league as well. They have been one of the worst defensive units in the Cactus League this season.
I know I am probably making too much out of this. The Dodgers are making way too many errors in games that don’t count. It’s funny even writing these words. However I am just a tad bit worried that this might lead to something during the regular season. It’s just something to keep an eye on as we head into the opening week.