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Marcus Semien has a +1 DRS … wait what?!

Marcus Semien‘s 29 errors haven’t been the cause of the Oakland A’s losses this season. Well maybe one. I know you are thinking, “She’s really lost it this time!” but looking at it statistically it’s true. Only one of his errors has directly resulted in an Athletics’ loss at least according to Baseball Info Solutions and David Schoenfield of ESPN. 

There may be some minor factors left out when it comes to the A’s win-loss record but both Baseball Information Solutions AND Fangraphs have Semien with a +1 DRS or defensive runs saved, meaning he’s technically helped the A’s defensively. 

It’s a difficult thing to wrap your head around, I know. He is on pace to commit a record number of errors! Learning of this prompted me to write the following piece for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball:

Semien’s poor defense not to blame for A’s woes

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