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The Rays' defensive efficiency (DER) sits at .735 right now. For those of you that don't know, this...

The Rays' defensive efficiency (DER) sits at .735 right now. For those of you that don't know, this is essentially the defensive end of BABIP (or 1-BABIP). That means that our defensive BABIP is .265. To put that in to context, no team has had a team defensive BABIP below .270 since the Mariners notched a .269 in 2003. No team has bested our current pace since the Mariners posted a .260 in 2001 (when they set the record for regular season wins). So the Rays' defense/pitching is either really phenomenal or getting lucky (or both). Knowing what we know (that the Rays have been top 3 in this regard the past 3 seasons and have improved defensively at short and first), I tend to think that we could be seeing an all-time great defense.

me h/t to Reej for pointing out our defensive efficiency
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