Defense is always a major key to the success of a baseball team.
One of the reasons the New York Yankees have been so dominant for most of the season is the fact that their defense is among the best in all of baseball.
But from two particular spots, the defense has been elite for the Yankees.
The Yankees have 70 defensive runs saved, with 29 of them coming from the pitcher and catcher positions.
Jose Trevino‘s pitch framing skills have certainly helped, but Yankees pitchers are also second in all of baseball in defensive assists.
SIS Baseball tweeted some of the stats that show why the Yankees have been so dominant on defense.
Hidden key to Yankees defensive success this year
Most Defensive Runs Saved – Pitchers & Catchers
1. Yankees 29
2. Mets 12
– Jose Trevino, excellent pitch-framer
– Yankees pitchers: 2nd in MLB in assists
— SIS_Baseball (@sis_baseball) August 12, 2022
What Makes The Yankees Great
Sometimes, just one guy can be the key to the defensive success of a team.
Other times, it can be a combination of guys.
For the Yankees, it’s clear that their defense is a well-oiled machine and is one of the main reasons they have been so dominant for much of the season.
Pitchers fielding their position is also an important aspect of a great defensive team.
The club clearly has pitchers who can field their positions very well.
But as mentioned previously, Trevino has emerged as a solid defensive catcher.
The Yankees do also lead all of baseball in caught stealing percentage.
That’s always a sign of a good defensive catcher.
It goes even beyond his pitch framing skills.
But all of that stands to reason why the Yankees have been so successful defensively this season.
Defense is always key for great teams, and it has been ever prevalent with the Yankees during the 2022 season.
As the old saying goes, offense wins games, defense wins championships.