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The error battle is heating up

May 5, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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When Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon committed his seventh error on the very first play of the bottom of the first inning Saturday, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro knew he’d have to step up his game. Sure enough, he committed his major league-high eighth in the fifth inning.

Here’s the up-to-the-minute leaderboard for errors:

Starlin Castro (SS ChC) – 8
Dee Gordon (SS LAD) – 7
Clint Barmes (SS Pit) – 6
Brandon Crawford (SS SFG) – 6
Evan Longoria (3B TB) – 6
Troy Tulowitzki (SS Col) – 6

NL shortstops have generally been far better than their AL counterparts on defense the last several years, but they’ve been a shaky bunch on the whole this season. The Padres’ Jason Bartlett and Marlins’ Jose Reyes are right behind the leaders with five errors already. The Angels’ Erick Aybar is the only AL shortstop with five errors.

Obviously, things are going to turn around here. Castro and Gordon will likely finish among the league leaders in errors, but Tulo and Barmes certainly shouldn’t. Tulowitzki, incredibly, has already matched his 2011 error total in 116 fewer games. He’s never committed more than 11 errors in a season. Barmes committed 12 errors in 122 games for Houston last year.

  1. zackd2 - May 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Can we call this the Eduardo Nunez Award?

  2. brewcrewfan54 - May 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Rickie Weeks wants in on this sweet action.

  3. scoregasmic - May 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    And everyone thought Miguel Cabrera would be leading this list while in reality he looks like a gold glove candidate

    • zackd2 - May 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Actually, people thought Miguel Cabrera wouldn’t have the mobility to actually get to balls

      • Matthew Pouliot - May 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Let’s not go crazy now. I think he’s been better than expected, but he in no way resembles a Gold Glover.

        For what little it’s worth, he has the fourth worst UZR of 3B qualifiers so far (ahead of Sandoval, Longoria and Chris Nelson).

  4. adm272012 - May 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    hmmm I thought Big Cabby was supposed to lead the league in this stat

  5. jimbo1949 - May 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Meh, they’ve only got more errors cuz they got more range and they kin reach more balls. AmIrightorwot?

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Castro’s range numbers have been far better so far this year than they were last year. In fact, the Fangraphs data has him as the game’s rangiest shortstop so far, which is a big change from last year.

  6. natsattack - May 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Where is Desmond.

    • natstowngreg - May 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      3 errors thus far

  7. AlohaMrHand - May 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    DeE-6 Gordon.

  8. joshfrancis50 - May 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    See, Yuni’s not that bad.

  9. yahmule - May 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Tulo is a darkhorse in this race. He just kicked number seven.

  10. Ick McWang - May 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    3 of Longoria’s errors were in one game, so, you know, there is that…. other than he is hurt now.

    • APBA Guy - May 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      And 4 were off the artificial surface seam at Toronto.

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