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Monday, October 8, 2012
Early postseason theme: Sloppy play

By David Schoenfield

It began when Josh Hamilton dropped that routine fly ball in the final game of the regular season and has carried over into the postseason: We haven't exactly seen a lot of elegant baseball so far.

Consider some of what we've seen:
To be fair, we have seen some good defense as well. The Reds made several outstanding plays in their Game 1 victory over the Giants. Tigers right fielder Avisail Garcia made a nice throw to gun down Crisp at home plate on Sunday. Orioles right fielder Chris Davis made a nice throw to nail Mark Teixeira at second base and later a nice catch on a foul fly in the corner. Often in October, bad weather can have an affect on the fielders, but that hasn't been a viable excuse so far. I suspect we'll see better baseball moving forward.

Some links to check out: