Mental errors

It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a Major League outfielder look as silly on separate plays in consecutive innings as Jay Bruce has tonight. Whether it’s 2-1 or 14-1, you’ve really got to keep that ball in front of you. And don’t call off Phillips when he’s camped under it unless you know for sure that you can get there. I hate to say it because I love the guy but he’s also hitting .215 and I guarantee you that if there hadn’t been so much hype about what an unbelievable prospect he is and his impressive ascent to the majors … he’d be in Louisville right now. He’s 22. And with his average and blunders like these he might not deserve to be in the lineup.

Also, kudos to the Phils’ official scorer for correcting what would have been an even more humiliating error … they initially gave Ryan Howard a double on the first ball Bruce misplayed but then changed it later.

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