Originally written on Holdout Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The decision by the Atlanta Braves to place catcher Evan Gattis in left field seemed to backfire during Wednesday night's Game 1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Gattis made two mistakes in the second inning that were very costly. In the top of the second with two outs, Gattis lacked the speed to chase down a fly ball by Dodgers batter Mark Ellis. As a result, Gattis laid out for the ball but missed completely, resulting in an RBI double for Ellis. Your browser does not support iframes. In the bottom of the second, Gattis reached first base with a single to right field. However, with one out, Gattis misjudged a short fly ball to right field hit by Braves batter Chris Johnson and ran too far towards second base. As a result, Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig made the catch and easily doubled off Gattis at first, ending the inning prematurely. The Dodgers won the game 6-1, giving them a 1-0 lead in the NLDS. Fortunately, Game 2 is Friday night, so the Braves, and Gattis, get a chance to put this behind them quickly. H/T LBS. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
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1 Comment:
  • What coach would put a catcher in the out field. A catcher is not use to going back in the out field to catch a ball. He squats and catches the ball and throws it back to the pitcher. The two positions use different muscle groups in their playing. It is not Gattis fault, it is the coaches. He needs to get some good position players in who can play defense.
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