The defense is really bad. Not just in errors but in plays that should have been made. The foul ball that Mountcastle gave up on when he was still playing left. Throws in that either missed the cutoff man or were intended to go all the way and just petered out. The game ending play saved by Iglesias where there was no one at first to take the relay and throw home and Iglesias alertly got to the ball and completed the play. Double plays that weren’t turned because of a slow turn and throw to first. You yourself have mentioned Hays missing three outfield assists because Ruiz dropped the ball or wasn’t near enough to make the tag.
Those don’t necessarily create unearned runs but are sloppy defense nonetheless. And they are all over the place.
“It started out as a pretty routine thing, just talking to Al,” said Gardenhire, 62, who was finishing up the third and final season of his three-year contract. “We talked about a few things and I just told him that I was going to retire.
“I’d thought about (doing it) at the end of the season, but with the way I’ve been feeling since the bout of food poisoning I had in Minnesota and stomach problems and the tension and the stress that goes along with this job – I told Al I will step out right now.”
He’s having a terrific year. It’s kind of a shame that we’ll never know how he would have done over 162 games in 2020.
The NL MVP race should be interesting.
Manny: .322/.384/.619, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 2.8 rWAR
Betts: .303/.376/.597, 16 HR, 39 RBI, 3.1 rWAR
Freeman: .349/.460/.641, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 2.5 rWAR
Ozuna: .313/.402/.596, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 1.7 rWAR
Tatis: .279/.368/.574, 15 HR, 40 RBI, 2.2 rWAR
There are other guys who have a higher WAR than Ozuna and Tatis, like Conforto, Story and Yaz. Will be a fun argument once all 60 games have been played.
I think DJ's triple scored. I think both Valaka and Hanser made bad throws that allowed runs even it not errors. I specifically remember two plays at the plate that had poor throws. Several Severino passed balls.