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:
- The Braves making three throwing errors in their loss to the Cardinals.
- The controversial infield pop fly in the same game.
- Coco Crisp dropping a routine fly ball in Sunday's game that allowed two runs to score.
- The A's and Tigers both wild pitching in runs in the same game.
- Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma's error leading to the winning two (unearned) runs for the Nationals).
- Gio Gonzalez walking seven batters in that game.
- The Cardinals getting a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Two pitches later, the Nationals had escaped the inning.
- The Nationals winning despite two errors.
- Orioles closer Jim Johnson entering in a tie game and surrendering five runs.
- Even Derek Jeter booted a fairly routine grounder, although it didn't hurt the Yankees.
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.
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