Think before you dive
An error in judgment by Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. if not an actual error in the box score helped the Yankees to a run in the first inning Wednesday night at Citi Field. With Yangervis Solarte on first base and two out, Brian Roberts stroked a liner to left field.
Young came in charging and attempted a diving catch only to have the ball hit in front of his glove and bounce over it going all the way to the wall for a triple and a run batted in for Roberts. Young would have been smarter by fielding the ball on one hop that would have been a single for Roberts instead and likely would have advanced Solarte only to second base.
Perhaps Young forgot that the next batter was Masahiro Tanaka, a pitcher who normally does not bat in the American League and who had only three plate appearances this year, all in his previous start. Tanaka struck out in each of those at-bats last Friday night. He made contact this time but flied out to right. Still, he came away from the inning with a run to work with.