Gleyber Torres giveth and Gleyber Torres taketh away for the New York Yankees. Sadly, he hasn’t giveth much in this season’s second half, and has mostly subtracted from their attempts at victory with slow bat speed and bizarre miscues.
The rookie mistakes have been far too plentiful these past few years, especially considering Torres is in the middle of his fifth season in the Bronx (and it may be his last, considering the whirlwind of trade deadline activity that nearly sent him out of town on Aug. 2).
Torres might very well be the most frustrating player on a very tough-to-watch Yankee team. He seemed to have turned things around (at the dish, at least) in a near-All-Star first half, only to crater when his team needed him to make a leap in August.
Occasionally, he makes plays so savvy that his brilliance will be temporarily unquestioned; remember when he scored from first to beat the Astros’ shift, racing casually past multiple empty bases?
Sadly, the Yankees have to absorb his mental errors more often than they get to celebrate his flights of fancy. On Tuesday, Torres allowed the Mets to tie the game in the sixth on a Jeff McNeil double. When Pete Alonso fell down rounding third, he somehow went into Protect Mode … with the runner approaching second. That ill-advised pivot allowed the tying run to score easily.
Yankees’ Gleyber Torres makes fundamental error to let Pete Alonso score tying run
And that tying run was Alonso. You can’t allow that man to score from first on a double placed where that double was placed. You just can’t.
At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before Keith Hernandez gives up watching the Yankees, too, out of a lack of respect for their poor fundamentals.
Not for nothing, but where was Isiah Kiner-Falefa wandering on that play, too?
The Yankees retired the next batter after bringing in Clarke Schmidt, meaning the “tying run” Oswaldo Cabrera had erased the inning prior scored only because of some defensive deficiencies.
Gleyber will have all of Wednesday’s off day to consider what he did to bungle Tuesday’s Subway Series finale. Unhappy flight.