How much are the Orioles missing Manny Machado? To answer that question in a few words, quite a bit.
In fact, Machado’s 6.2 WAR ranked him tenth overall in the big leagues last season, behind a couple MVPs and a few other All-Stars.
In addition to attempting to replace Machado’s 51 doubles and 71 RBI, the Orioles also also trying to replace his stellar defensive play at third base. The O’s defense recorded the third highest defensive efficiency rating (.701) in the AL last season and the highest fielding percentage (.973) of any big league club. No player had a higher ultimate zone rating than Machado last season.
What’s that? You’re not a believer in UZR? Machado had the most assists of any third baseman in 2013 (355), turned the most double plays (42) and had the highest fielding percentage (.973). His range factor per nine and range factor per game also led the league at his position.
So, yeah, the Orioles are missing Manny Machado a lot. Like, a lot a lot.
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