Still, Simmons and Crawford were dead even this season in some of the more sophisticated defensive statistics, including Defensive Runs Saved, where each had 19 before Friday. They trailed Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, having a phenomenal year in the field with 30 DRS before Friday. No other player in the majors had more than 16.
In the Braves’ game against the Cubs Friday, Simmons made a fielding error when he booted a grounder with two out in the seventh inning, his first error since June 15.
Another metric stat, Defensive WAR (Wins Above Replacement), also had Simmons and Crawford tied for second in the majors regardless of position with a score of 2.7, again trailing only Kiermaier (3.6).
Simmons leads the majors in range-factor statistics, and also was the leader in conventional defensive stats including fielding percentage among shortstops (.994) and double plays turned (88) before Friday. His error led to an unearned run in the seventh inning Friday, and was his first error since June 15 at Boston.