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The Defense Thread, 2014


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Excellent play by Flaherty today by preventing what looked like an easy double play ball from flying into the outfield on an errant throw by Tillman.

Not only did he prevent a potential disaster, but he just barely missed turning the double play anyway with a Lynn Swann-esque ballet toe tap of the bag (attempt) before firing the ball to first base to salvage the one out that we got.

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Game 6, April 6

Lombardozzi ranges over 2B and makes a strong jump throw which Davis spread eagles to catch.

Lough makes a sliding catch while avoiding a collision with Flaherty.

Nick with a full out diving catch on a shallow fly to his glove side.

On the negative side, Tillman made a bad feed throw to Flaherty that pulled him off 2B on a potential 1-6-3 DP.

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Yeah, those were 2 standouts plus Nick's play in RF. The "stretch" by Davis was also notable.

Davis is continuing to become a better and better first baseman. I can see why Buck would want Lombardozzi--good D, makes good contact almost every AB, doesn't seem to be the type who wd make the mental mistakes that Casilla did.

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I didn't get a good luck at the double in the 9th - should Davis have snagged that? His stretch was something else.

Nick's diving catch was vintage Nick.

A GG 1B might have gotten to it, but it would have been a great play.
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Though we all know the limitations of fielding % as a stat, I thought it was worth a mention that the Orioles have only made one error so far this season (a throwing error by Flaherty in Game 2), good for a .996 fielding % through 7 games. They are also 2nd in MLB in Revised Zone Rating (RZR) and double plays turned (8). No UZR figures are available yet.

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They really were. It was thrilling to watch just how awful their defense is. (And) Gardner has a noodle of an arm. The YES announcers were saying that they don't even have a 1st baseman in the minors to bring up. When Tex went out again (surprise!) they brought up a third catcher. That defense is going to cost them a LOT of games this year.

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They really were. It was thrilling to watch just how awful their defense is. (And) Gardner has a noodle of an arm. The YES announcers were saying that they don't even have a 1st baseman in the minors to bring up. When Tex went out again (surprise!) they brought up a third catcher. That defense is going to cost them a LOT of games this year.

And it's not like this was unforeseeable. It was obvious this would be a big problem before spring training even began. I hope the Yankees get what they deserve in that regard.

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And it's not like this was unforeseeable. It was obvious this would be a big problem before spring training even began. I hope the Yankees get what they deserve in that regard.

Defense isn't important, right guys? We paid all those guys to hit 30 homers, not to prevent singles. :rofl:

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And it's not like this was unforeseeable. It was obvious this would be a big problem before spring training even began. I hope the Yankees get what they deserve in that regard.

I really hope they end up last.

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