Re: Middlebrooks was horrible
posted at 10/27/2013 5:46 PM EDT
In response to The4040club's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to tcal2-'s comment:
He let 2 very fieldable balls get by him. Both plays aided in us losing the game. Then again Breslow has sucked more this series.
Hollidays's double was a tough play. My thoughts are he was out of position, and should have been guarding the line. But that is Farrell's call, not Middlebrooks. So I don't fault him there. And really, 7th inning of a tie game, guarding the line is a coin toss.
He should have caught Salty's throw. It was not the best throw, but it was not horrible. The problem was, he tried to hold his ground. In that situation, he has to PREVENT the run from scoring above all else, even if it means stepping out of Craig's path and knocking the ball down. Or stepping towards Salty into the path and letting Craig take third. Keep the ball in the infield first and foremost.
I don't fault Salty. Craig made a bone-headed baserunning play, and ggot lucky it paid off. Salty is not going to think "Wait! Why throw? Pete Kozma is coming up!" Take the out. His throw was not good, but it was not horrific and impossible, either.
Middlebrooks got caught in a situation where he forgot that catching that ball was far more important that getting the out...
same can be said about boggie the night before but only one of them got dirty.
Neither is having a good series defensively.
It is easy to say Bogaerts is outhitting him, but it really is unfair to Middlebrooks, who has 2 PA.
I would not be surprised to see Middlebrooks over Bogaerts with Lynn on the mound. Is the lineup out yet?