Per MLB.com’s Patrick Pinak, citing STATS LLC, the Marlins’ infielders have gone 26 consecutive games without committing an error, a feat that hasn’t been done since 1913. The club has made up 4.5 games in the standings in the last week and a half. The defense is one part of the equation explaining their recent success.
Michael Jong of SB Nation’s Fish Stripes credits the stingy defense to Perry Hill, who coached the Marlins from 2002-07, then rejoined the club in 2011 where he’s been ever since. Jong explains that Hill has a simple approach with the Marlins’ infielders, which is simply to not give away outs. That’s illustrated by the infield’s current errorless streak, but also by the stats on the season as a whole. Marlins first basemen have committed only four errors, second basemen five, third basemen two, and shortstops six.
And, for what it’s worth, even the advanced stats show the Marlins to be an elite team. By UZR, found at Fangraphs, the Marlins rank eighth in all of baseball at 14.4 runs above average. Derek Dietrich has been a net negative at second base (-1.9), but first baseman Justin Bour (1.2), third baseman Martin Prado (2.1), and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (5.9) are all above average.
The Marlins are doing this, by the way, without Dee Gordon who won a Gold Glove at second base for his defensive work last season.