It began when Josh Hamilton dropped that routine fly ball in the final game of the regular season and has carried over into the postseason: We haven't exactly seen a lot of elegant baseball so far.
Consider some of what we've seen:
The Braves making three throwing errors in their loss to the Cardinals.
The controversial infield pop fly in the same game.
Coco Crisp dropping a routine fly ball in Sunday's game that allowed two runs to score.
The A's and Tigers both wild pitching in runs in the same game.
Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma's error leading to the winning two (unearned) runs for the Nationals).
Gio Gonzalez walking seven batters in that game.
The Cardinals getting a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Two pitches later, the Nationals had escaped the inning.
The Nationals winning despite two errors.
Orioles closer Jim Johnson entering in a tie game and surrendering five runs.
Even Derek Jeter booted a fairly routine grounder, although it didn't hurt the Yankees.
To be fair, we have seen some good defense as well. The Reds made several outstanding plays in their Game 1 victory over the Giants. Tigers right fielder Avisail Garcia made a nice throw to gun down Crisp at home plate on Sunday. Orioles right fielder Chris Davis made a nice throw to nail Mark Teixeira at second base and later a nice catch on a foul fly in the corner. Often in October, bad weather can have an affect on the fielders, but that hasn't been a viable excuse so far. I suspect we'll see better baseball moving forward.
Some links to check out:
Camden Depot recaps the good and bad from the Orioles' loss in Game 1.
Redleg Nation on Bronson Arroyo's Game 2 gem and other notes.
Jason Wojchiechowski of Beaneball with thoughts on the A's and a podcast. Is the 2-3 hurting the A's?
Erin Saelzler of Walkoff Woodward recaps the Tigers' victory.
Baseball Time in Arlington's Joey Matschulat wraps up the Rangers' season and their difficult final days: "I'm just sorry that this current crop of guys couldn't manage to get it done, and that yet another year has come and gone without that most ambituous of baseball dreams being satisfied."
In non-playoff news, Bill Baer examines the Phillies' third-base situation.
Halos Daily on Chris Iannetta's extension.
For once, the big name is coming to Cleveland.
The Twins needing starting pitching. Nick Nelson looks back at estimating free agent pitcher contracts and how accurate those estimates have been.
Does Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler have a shot at the job with the big club?