Game today against the Rays illustrates the cost of bad fielding. Eflin starts off with a walk and then gets a tailor made double play grounder to short, but Kingery fires the relay to first way off to the base to NOIT get the second out. Third hitter grounds out to short but it's only the second out, not the inning ending third out it should have been. End result, Eflin gives up an earned run and throws a number of extra pitches in the first inning. NOT making easy, routine plays in the field takes a toll on the pitchers. IMO, this sloppy play in the field was a primary factor in the late season collapse last season.
Now I hope things are considerably better this season and I think they will be, but gosh, it's getting old. I keep hoping that Kingery is not the bust he has been so far in his ML career.
Phillies tie game in bottom of the first and now have bases loaded with one out. Rays making pitching change.
In top of second, Phillies continue to score and now have 3 runs in, bases loaded with two out. Two singles followed by 3 walks brought Kingery up with bases loaded, one out. He worked full count and then K'd swinging at ball four (previous 3 hitters had walked). Phillies score again on an infield grounder where runner beat throw to second, ruled a FC.
We hear much about teams keeping players in the minors a little longer to get that extra year before free agency and it is generally looked upon as being something bad. I wonder if the Phillies shouldn't have done that last year with Kingery. His spring last year made him look ready, but as we have seen, he sure needed another half year or so in AAA. I sure hope he will come into his own this season.