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Too much cutesiness and a lack of fundamentals / baseball IQ

Barnaby Graves

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This is becoming a theme in the season. The weird bunting and the poor baserunning, and a lot of lazy play and poor decision making. I'm less thinking about tonight than about Jones' casual strolling in to pick up a ball that allowed Kiermaier (sp?) to get a hustle double a couple of days ago. The shoe was on the other foot in the baseball IQ department, and has been a lot of the season; we are giving up a key advantage we seem to have had over our opponents the last three years in that the team doesn't seem to be using its brain.

I very much trust Buck to correct these kinds of difficulties, even if he may be the cause of some of them if he's ordering these bunts. Overall though I think he's excellent at understanding what and how to adjust a team. Let's see if we can start playing smarter as the summer goes on.

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Thankfully, Ryan Flaherty will be here Friday. Cutesiness and poor fundamentals will be replaced with Charisma and Excellence.

Lol, ok. Maybe charisma. I'll have to be sold on the excellence part. Although, Cabrera hasn't really set a high bar. I think Ryan has the fundamentals down. And Buck likes him, which goes a long way.

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Probably upset with himself for a crappy AB.

That's kind of how I see it. Just letting off steam for the funk they're in. His grounder would have resulted in a DP anyway. If they let a dumb running mistake define their game and let the air out of the balloon, they're not doing that "grinding" they're so fond of repeating in postgame interviews.

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Yeah, I figured he was yelling at himself for that dumb AB.

Pretty sure he was upset at Parades mostly. Him getting picked off at first resulted in them not getting a run on Adams groundout. I figured it was some frustration on him making an out, but it was mostly the pickoff. Roch addressed that last night on Twitter

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