Monday, June 4, 2018

Is He Really Good Defensively?



Before today's game began, Gleyber was fielding his position at a .949 clip, vs a league-wide average of .985 for the position.

Then, he booted a ball, picked it up in haste, and threw it wide of first, leading to a base-runner and an unearned run.  He was only charged with one error on the play.

He also failed to cover first on that pop-up bungled by Romine ( wind blew it back into fair
territory ), so when Romine picked up the ball there was no one to throw it to.

So, physically and mentally, the kid is steamrolled.

What does everyone think?  He has bungled easy plays at second and made the difficult ones.  He now has 8 errors for the season.  Did Jeter or Cano ever make that many in a season?

It seems he has made an error in each game of this road trip, although I wouldn't claim to any precision on that observation.

Enough, in any case, to make me worry.  And to think that he is being jinxed every time an announcer talks about what a great defender he is.

Is he, in reality, a terrible fielder?

Should I take Ambien?  Oxy?  Opium?  Heroin?  Heroine?  Gentleman Jack?  Pure Agave tequila?


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

In his first season with the Yankees, Cano made 17 errors in 131 games.

At the peak of his career, in 2000, Jeter made 24 errors in 148 games.

Any other questions?

HoraceClarke66 said...

The bigger problem is Holder. Error or no error, he needed to get us out of that inning without having to bring in El Chapo and potentially hamstringing us for tonight.

The Tigers are an okay hitting team but with little power—they rank last in the AL. Sure, that's probably because of their home ballpark...but we were playing in their home ballpark!

A five-run lead should have been enough.

Anonymous said...

Hate to spoil the fun, but the Yankees have lost only 17 games this season and have the highest winning percentage in MLB, so everyone should enjoy the run.

Leinstery said...

To be fair, throwing from the 2nd base position can be a bit awkward. You have to throw across your body (which in itself is bad mechanically) and when you're that close to 1st you sometimes overthink the throw. When you do that it's too soft and you end up looping it over the 1st baseman's head or you just throw it to hard and it once again ends up over his head. Throwing from SS, which it what he got accustomed to for years, is the easiest angle to throw from in the infield. He'll figure it out

His glove being a brick is something that won't be defended.

And tie your shoes Gleyber.

Carl Weitz said...

Don't forget that the kid is playing out of position so that would add to the error total a bit. Andujar is also playing out of position. As Leinstery noted above, when you're used to playing a position consistently you're body is running on repetitive motion/muscle memory.

Both kids will figure it out. As Anonymous pointed out, Joginson made about the same number of errors if you project over an entire season and Jeter, even worse. I can't remember 2 infielders with as much talent coming up together in my lifetime and I've been following them since I was a little kid in 1960. And the Core 4? Hell, you can at least double that number for the amount of home-grown players the Yankees have on the roster. With more to come.

Alphonso said...

Carl; What is Andujar's normal position? I thought he was third base all the way?

TheWinWarblist said...

Pure Agave tequila?

TheWinWarblist said...

"They put me in at second base so I forgot to tie my shoes. Shoes are only for shortstops."

Leinstery said...

Is Judge capable of hitting a ball when he's not at the Stadium? Christ, how much more will he make this slapdick Detroit and Orioles pitchers looks like Chris Sale?

Leinstery said...

I know I ask this every start, but you're telling me there is literally nobody else to start, German is their only option?

Joe F said...

Nothing is beginning to bore me more than a Gary Sanchez at bat....what the flip is happening with thia guy has he lost intetsinin playing ball???

Leinstery said...

7 strikeouts on the day for Judge. When he's going bad, there is no one worse in the game.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

German should be ahead 2-1 right now.

Joe F said...

I loathe the tigers players just as much as the blue jays.... And just when I want the yanks to busy item a can of whoop a** they pull up lamer than a horse with two legs :( thanks Gary....

Joe F said...

* bust open.... Sigh sadly my auto correct is also 0-fer

Leinstery said...

See my previous comment. 5 k's, 8 on the day. What a sack of shit.

If this game has shown anything, it's that Tyler Austin isn't long for this team.

13bit said...

Pineapples hurt a lot more going in in one direction than the other.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Actually, not that bad a night for German. And true to Cousin Dan's prediction, Stanton does seem to be hitting, and El Matador remains an automatic doubles machine.

But outside of that...yet another night of nonexistent clutch hitting, Judge is now out of whack again, and Sanchez seems to be in a death spiral.

Again, for all the potential it holds, this is not quite a mature team yet, and giving away anything to get that one-game wildcard would be intensely stupid.

TheWinWarblist said...

Gloom darkness cloak of despair ...

Carl Weitz said...

I think it was short. Maybe second. But they moved him to third due to Didi and because Torres was moved to second for the same reason.

Carl Weitz said...

Alphonso....I stand corrected. I checked back as far as the Gulf Coast League in 2013. Andujar has always played third base. You were correct. I probably mixed him up with Mateo who was moved around the infield and tried at third base.

John M said...

As bad as they looked in that second game,the Yankees have lost only 18 games now. As Anonymous rightly pointed out when it was 17.

And they really looked pretty bad, offensively. Wow.

Watching that game, I could not for the life of me figure out how the same guys could only be a game out and have such a great record. It's really astonishing.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Everybody, and every team, has a bad game, he said through gritted teeth.

But the hitting really is too inconsistent. More proof that this team is still a work in progress, and we should not consider it to be anything else.

Alphonso said...

Pure agave. Blue.

One positive; Let's look on German as an experiment. Similar to Luis' first year up, when he was 1-9, I think, Domingo shows some positive signs. He should have had a line of 2 runs in 7 innings. But shoddy defense demanded extra pitches, cost him a run, and wore him down. When you are that young, those defensive blunders also work on your mind.

And it is true; there is no one else, unless Cashman pulls the trade trigger.

Since we are headed, in any case, for the wild-card, we can "afford" to lose the games German pitches.

But by season's end, we should know if we have a good young pitcher there or not.

And that is meaningful.

A core of Luis, German and Monty would be a good start.