How Do Phillies, Pirates Stack Up as Error-Prone Teams in MLB?

How Do Phillies, Pirates Stack Up as Error-Prone Teams in MLB?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

On the baseball diamond, an error can come at critical times and cost a team a victory. As we have moved into the depths of the offseason, we thought we would analyze the defense of MLB teams.

it is important to dissect what MLB teams can do to follow the formula of successful teams of late. PennStakes.com – your source for Pennsylvania sports betting - used TeamRankings.com to find the least to most mistake-prone MLB teams by looking at the average errors per game over the past three seasons.  Here are the fielding rankings for each:

Least to Most Mistake-Prone MLB Teams

Information is paramount in betting strategy. Here are stats you probably won’t find at PA mobile betting apps.

RankTeamAverage Errors Per Game
1St. Louis Cardinals0.446
2Seattle Mariners0.450
3Houston Astros0.457
4San Diego Padres0.470
5Atlanta Braves0.480
6Baltimore Orioles0.483
7Texas Rangers0.487
8Tampa Bay Rays0.497
9Arizona Diamondbacks0.500
T-10Los Angeles Dodgers0.503
T-10Toronto Blue Jays0.503
12Kansas City Royals0.507
13New York Mets0.513
14Minnesota Twins0.520
15Colorado Rockies0.523
16Philadelphia Phillies0.526
17Milwaukee Brewers0.536
18Cincinnati Reds0.540
T-19Oakland Athletics0.547
T-19Cleveland Guardians0.547
21Los Angeles Angels0.550
22New York Yankees0.560
23Chicago Cubs0.567
24Detroit Tigers0.570
25Pittsburgh Pirates0.583
T-26Miami Marlins0.597
T-26Washington Nationals0.597
T-28Boston Red Sox0.603
T-28Chicago White Sox0.603
30San Francisco Giants0.617

 

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Glove Work Needs to Improve

Both Pennsylvania teams are in the bottom half of the league. The Philadelphia Phillies are 16th out of 30 on the list with 0.526 average errors per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates are deeper down the list in the 25th spot at 0.583.

Last season, the Pirates (76-86, .469) finished with the most wins since 2018 (83-79) and increased their win total by 14 games from 2022 (62-100). The Phillies (90-72) recorded the most victories since 102 wins in 2011 and have increased their win total by eight (2021, 82-80) and three (2022, 87-75). That might be the reason they have been contenders in the National League and have made the playoffs over the last two seasons.

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ESPN BET Futures

With spring training starting in two months, here are the latest odds for the Phillies and Pirates from ESPN Bet Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia is the third favorite to win the National League at +550 and Pittsburgh is listed at +3000. The Phillies are tied for the fourth favorite to win the World Series with the Houston Astros and the defending champion Texas Rangers at +1000. The Pirates are at +7500, tied with the Los Angeles Angels.

One player prop listed is regular season home run leader. Currently, the Phillies' Bryce Harper is the 13th favorite to accomplish the feat at +3000. Last season, Harper hit only 21 home runs in 121 games played due to injury. Over the past two injury-plagued seasons, he has combined for 39 home runs. The most he has ever hit in a season: 42 in 2015 with the Washington Nationals.

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Author

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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