The Diamondbacks defensive woes were on display for the entire nation to see Tuesday night. A deep fly ball sailed over Justin Upton’s head allowing Curtis Granderson to reach third, setting up the American League for the go ahead run. The same type of questionable defense allowed two AL runs in the bottom of the first when Tim Lincecum failed to cover first base in time and Albert Pujols failed to field a grounder.
Although it is not recorded as an error, the ball was clearly misplayed and Granderson would most likely not have reached third had someone else been in left field. This is the type of play that Diamondback fans have witnessed all season. On the bright side however, the nation also saw the Dan Haren that Dback fans have enjoyed all season.
My hope is that Justin Upton was embarrassed enough by misplaying a ball on national television that he recognizes it is a problem, and that if he truly wants to remain an All Star it will need to be fixed. I hope that he concentrates on being a better fielder, he’s got the athleticism, he’s got a great arm, all he needs is to work on the fundamentals of the position.
As we saw last night, a team playing sloppy defense will rarely win, and so far this season the Diamondbacks have rarely won.