No. 1 statistic you wouldn’t believe that defined the LA Angels’ letdown 2021 season: -23 defensive runs saved
The LA Angels defense was so horrible last year it was insane.
We literally posted a defensive runs saved number of -23. 0 is average, and we were 23 runs behind that.
That places 23rd in the entire Major Leagues.
We didn’t help our pitchers out at all. Our pitching was bad, but we only made the routine plays.
In fact, we kind of didn’t even make the routine plays. We had multiple players on our team be in double digits when it came to errors this season.
Kurt Suzuki had ten errors despite playing in just 69 games, and Jose Iglesias had 16. Iglesias will make the highlight reel plays, but he makes way too many errors.
Perhaps the injuries played a role here too. Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon are both plus defenders that the Halos didn’t have this season.
All in all, however, the defense was catastrophically bad according to this statistic, and this whole season was disappointing in general.
We disappointed in every phase of the game, and need to think about these stats when making offseason decisions.