Monday, May 25, 2009

Should Overbay have made that catch?

I've been wondering if I should be chastising Lyle Overbay for the Jays loss yesterday after he failed to make a grab on a sharp lined ball to first base.

With the game tied at 2 and the bases loaded in the 7th, pinch hitter Chipper Jones ripped one at the direction of Overbay. It was a catchable ball, though it was sizzled towards him. A run scored, and then the Braves onslaught was on. They would score 6 more in the inning and to eventually pound Toronto.

Overbay was not charged with an error on the play, but the ball could have been grabbed, and he likely could have doubled up the runner to change the complexion of the game. Overbay is a fantastic fielding first basemen, and hasn't made an error all season, so I'll let him slide on this one.

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