M’s defense so far
For all of the talk about how the defense will come around, that it’s a strength of the team (please note I don’t believe either of those things, but they’ve been mentioned in the broadcast over and over), the M’s right now are in the middle of the pack in terms of overall, raw balls-in-play-into-outs, at .716, 17/30. Last year a normal team ran about .695 — but the season’s early, obviously.
And last year on the year the M’s were 27 of 30, at .678, with essentially the same defense except Ibanez was a year less gimpy and RF swaps out. So there’s pretty good reason to expect that despite predictions from Blowers & Co., you’re unlikely to see this level of defense, absolute or relative, sustained for the rest of the year.