Stat of the day: MLB's least valuable hitters

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As measured by park-adjusted runs above average. Taken from Fangraphs.com
1. Willy Taveras -26.3
2. Alex Gonzalez -21.2
3. Dioner Navarro -20.5
4. Yuniesky Betancourt -19.9
5. Emilio Bonifacio -19.9
6. Edgar Renteria -17.3
7. Aaron Miles -16.6
8. Kaz Matsui -16.5
9. Jason Kendall -16.5
10. Ronny Cedeno -15.9
Rather than go by OPS or another statistic based only on quality, I wanted to generate a list of players who have been awful hitters, yet are still playing regularly for the most part. That’s what we have here. Six of the 10 players have at least 400 plate appearances and all but one is over 300.
Sticking out like a sore thumb is Miles, who has just 150 at-bats and 161 plate appearances, yet has still managed the seventh-worst mark in baseball. To put his awful total in perspective, he’d be at -44.1 right now if he was producing like this in the same number of plate appearances that Taveras has received.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.