The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the best defensive teams in the National League during their streak of division titles from 2007 through 2011.
Last season was a different story.
The Phillies’ 101 total errors in 2012, 27 more than the team committed in 2011, left them tied with the New York Mets for ninth most in the National League.
Late last season, Matthew Leach on mlb.com provided more insight into the Phillies’ defensive woes . Leach pointed out that errors do not provide the full story. Players must actually attempt to make a play in the first place. Errors only provide a small glimpse into a player’s defensive ability.
Having athletes in the outfield capable of getting to the ball is often just as important as their offensive production. Philadelphia learned that after trading center fielder Shane Victorino last season.
With Ben Revere set to take over in center field, the Phils should see an improvement in at least one area. Other positions, however, could feature players that cause fans to hold their breath when the ball is hit their way.
The following lineup does not take into account a player’s offense but, instead, their ability on defense. These players are the Phillies their best defensive options at each position.
With that being said, here is the Phillies’ best defensive lineup.