How Guardians, Reds Rank Among MLB’s Most Mistake-Free Teams

How Guardians, Reds Rank Among MLB’s Most Mistake-Free Teams
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The 2023 MLB regular season was one to forget in the Buckeye State, with Cleveland and Cincinnati posting a combined win percentage of .488 and both missing the postseason for the second time in three years.

While the 82-80 Reds and 76-86 Guardians struggled, it’s worth wondering where each rank when it comes to defensive aptitude among their MLB peers.

As we have moved into the depths of the offseason, it is important to dissect what MLB teams can do to follow the formula of successful teams. To aid in your Ohio sports betting in the season ahead, used to look at the least to most mistake-prone MLB teams by average errors per game over the past three seasons.

Errors Per Game Last 3 Seasons

RankTeamAverage Errors Per Game
1St. Louis Cardinals0.446
2Seattle Mariners0.450
3Houston Astros0.457
4San Diego Padres0.470
5Atlanta Braves0.480
6Baltimore Orioles0.483
7Texas Rangers0.487
8Tampa Bay Rays0.497
9Arizona Diamondbacks0.500
T-10Los Angeles Dodgers0.503
T-10Toronto Blue Jays0.503
12Kansas City Royals0.507
13New York Mets0.513
14Minnesota Twins0.520
15Colorado Rockies0.523
16Philadelphia Phillies0.526
17Milwaukee Brewers0.536
18Cincinnati Reds0.540
T-19Oakland Athletics0.547
T-19Cleveland Guardians0.547
21Los Angeles Angels0.550
22New York Yankees0.560
23Chicago Cubs0.567
24Detroit Tigers0.570
25Pittsburgh Pirates0.583
T-26Miami Marlins0.597
T-26Washington Nationals0.597
T-28Boston Red Sox0.603
T-28Chicago White Sox0.603
30San Francisco Giants0.617

Ohio betting apps list the L.A. Dodgers as the World Series favorite at +450. Atlanta is second at +700.

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Reds, Guardians Struggle in the Field

When ranked among their MLB peers, the Reds are slightly better than their American League brethren from Cleveland, though both teams have struggled since 2021. The Reds ranked 18th between 2021 and 2023 when it comes to average errors per game at .540, while the Guardians ranked in a tie with Oakland for 19th overall at .547.

Both of Ohio’s MLB teams ranked miles behind the league’s best defensive teams during that stretch, including St. Louis (.446 errors per game), Seattle (.450) and Houston (.457).

As for the year ahead, oddsmakers at ESPN BET Ohio have the Reds at +5000 to win their first World Series since 1990, while the Guardians come in at +6000 to snap their 75-year title drought.

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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