New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) can’t sang a grounder in the 9th inning against the New York Mets during game two of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium. Mets won 8-2. Bronx, NY 4/25/15
By Brendan Kuty
NEW YORK — Already Dejected fans mustered a few more boos after Didi Gregorius made yet another mistake in the Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Mets at Yankee Stadium Saturday.
The flub was something that Gregorius should almost never let happen considering his sterling defensive reputation.
A charging Gregorius let Michael Cuddyer’s easy groundball bounce right under his glove in the ninth inning, just innings after Gregorius made an incredible catch, robbing John Mayberry Jr. of a line-drive hit.
Gregorius didn’t hide behind excuses for the error.
“I just took my eye off that ball right there,” Gregorius said. “That’s what happened. I was trying to be too quick right there. I had more time than I thought.”
While it was his third error this year — putting him in a four-way tie for sixth most in the league among shortstops — Gregorius’ play on the field and in the basepaths has occasionally resembled a blooper reel, too.
The lowlight? Take your pick. When he was thrown out trying to steal third base with two outs and Mark Teixeira at the plate on Opening Day? Maybe the back-to-back thawing miscues he made in the same inning in Detroit last week? Or was it when he was thrown out while rounding too far around first base and falling against the Blue Jays?
Also not helping his case: He’s hitting just .212 with two extra-base hits.
Still, the Yankees fans clamoring on social media for a change at shortstop will have to wait. The club will continue to stick with Gregorius in the hopes he can shake out of his mental fog, at least for the time being. Why?
1) No other choices: Backup shortstop Brendan Ryan is still on the disabled list and isn’t expected to return until May.
2) It hasn’t been that long: Sure, Gregorius has had it rough in 16 games, but it’s been just 16 games. Hard to imagine the Yankees moving on from the guy they acquired for Shane Greene that quickly.
3) Defense: The Yankees could shift Drew to shortstop and bench Gregorius, but they still feel the everyday Drew-Gregorius combo is superior to one of Gregorio Petit at second base and Drew at short.
4) Upside: Gregorius displayed it in droves at times in the spring, dazzling with his glove while appearing to make strides at the plate, even ripping a few balls off lefties against whom he typically struggles. The Yankees haven’t forgotten about that yet.