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I didn't see the play, but I think the errors may be in Manny's head a little now.

Right.

He's in a bit of a fielding slump.

Agreed, I think this is a mental slump for Manny right now. I don't think he is trying to be too flashy or purposely abandoning fundamentals. Could be the case, but that's not the impression I get from watching.

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Last nights throw didn't seem nonchalant to me. iI looked like he thought he had to hurry his throw to get the runner. It may be that he could have gotten the runner if he took the time to plant, but it was a snap decision and I think making the play from SS also had in effect.

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...that's another run that Machado cost the team by botching the double play, this time Ubaldo takes the hit.

Are you sure Pearce was at second in time?

BTW, Manny needs to watch Delmon. That guy can field.

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...that's another run that Machado cost the team by botching the double play, this time Ubaldo takes the hit.

I put that one on Pearce. He wasn't there in time and his throw was not that strong because he wasn't able to put himself in good position to make the turn. I don't know how much he has palyed second, but you can certainly tell that he is still learning his way around fielding that spot.

Manny did scare me tonight. As soon as I saw it go to him I was worried. It seems like he is thinking a little too much on the routine ones. The difficult ones don't seem to be a problem, but when he has a ton of time he seems to be running it through his head a little too much.

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It's an odd comparison but stick with me... He's getting a little like Mark Reynolds. Of course Manny's glove and arm are another level better, but it's like if he has a routine play, a second to think about it... his throws are erratic at best. People here even saying "yips". That's not totally wrong.

And if he has a split second, do-or-die, Brooks type play, he throws a dead strike, chest high.

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