Or maybe just mentals. We thought this might be a nice comeback win. Then came the ugliness. A base-running gaffe. Three errors and a walked-in run in the 10th. Can’t anyone here—besides our fearless Captain—play this game?
This much we know: It’s awfully hard to win if you can’t catch the ball. And as Joe Sheehan has pointed out on Baseball Prospectus (and thanks to Bronx Banter for the tip), the Yankee defenders have made outs on less than 66 percent of the balls their opponents have put into play—a rate of patheticness unprecedented in the last twenty years. Given the fact that Yankee pitchers, with the exception of the Unit, can’t strike anyone out, this is one very big problem. Will Mike Cameron, the Mets spare Gold Glove centerfielder, end up on the Yanks? We wouldn’t be surprised. But how it’ll happen, we have no idea.