Gleyber Torres commits another costly error, turns Yankees’ mistake man

Yankees' Gleyber Torres reacts after another defensive error on June 8, 2024, against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.
Joe Najarian
Sunday June 9, 2024

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres committed a costly error during the team’s 11-3 defeat against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium. This marks the second consecutive game in which Torres has made a mistake on a routine play.

In the eighth inning, with the Yankees down by two and Mookie Betts on first with no outs, Shohei Ohtani hit a grounder directly to Gleyber Torres. For most major league defenders, this would have been a prime double-play opportunity. However, the Yankees second baseman mishandled the ball, allowing the Dodgers to advance runners to first and second with no outs.

Despite the New York Yankees’ recent success, Gleyber Torres’ performance remains a significant concern. Once seen as a cornerstone for the Yankees, Torres is now enduring his fifth consecutive lackluster season both offensively and defensively, with his defensive struggles particularly evident against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Gleyber Torres becomes Yankees’ mistake man

In Friday’s game, Gleyber Torres casually pursued a shallow right-field pop-up, ultimately dropping the ball. Although he was saved by a pickoff play, his luck ran out on Saturday when he mishandled a straightforward grounder hit by Shohei Ohtani in the top of the eighth inning. Ohtani later scored on Teoscar Hernandez’s grand slam off reliever Tommy Kahnle.

This error proved costly for the Yankees. Instead of maintaining a two-run deficit, Tommy Kahnle’s strikeout of Freddie Freeman only marked the first out of the inning. Following a walk to Will Smith that loaded the bases, Teoscar Hernández, a frequent thorn in the Yankees’ side, smashed a 424-foot grand slam to center field, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 8-2.

While Kahnle is accountable for the pitch that Hernandez sent over the fence, the inning should never have escalated to that point. Gleyber Torres’ defensive miscue set the stage for the Dodgers’ big inning, underscoring his ongoing struggles and raising questions about his future role with the team.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone addressed Gleyber Torres’ errors, emphasizing the importance of letting go of past mistakes. “You’ve got to be able to let it go; that’s a hard thing. … When Gleyber’s at his best, he plays free and easy and sometimes it gets him in a little trouble, but it allows him to make a lot of plays,” Boone said.

Boone suggested that Gleyber Torres might have tried to “over-secure” the grounder on Saturday, possibly causing him to move in the wrong direction.

Gleyber Torres expressed his frustration with the errors but maintained that he was not putting excessive pressure on himself.

“I just made an error,” he said. “Especially in that situation, you have to make sure you get one out. … I’ll try to figure it out [Sunday].” The young infielder has now committed 10 errors this season, following the 15 he made last year.

Gleyber Torres’ defensive issues have been a persistent problem for the New York Yankees, and they were prominently displayed during the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alongside his costly error in Saturday’s game, Torres made another critical mistake on Friday night.

In the third inning of Friday’s game, Gleyber Torres lazily tracked a pop-up into the outfield and ultimately dropped it, granting the Dodgers a free baserunner. Though a subsequent pickoff spared him further embarrassment, this error is just one in a series of troubling moments for the Yankees infielder.

Yankees fans’ patience with Gleyber Torres is wearing thin, as they eagerly anticipate the team’s next move. If prospect Caleb Durbin were not currently sidelined in the minor leagues, the Yankees second baseman might already have been benched, considering his struggles both offensively and defensively this season.

Gleyber Torres was already viewed as a prime candidate for a trade at the upcoming deadline, and his latest defensive blunder is unlikely to help his case for staying with the team. Even if the Yankees cannot find a trade partner for the soon-to-be free agent, it wouldn’t be surprising if they decided to make a change to remove Torres from the lineup.

With the Yankees aiming for a championship this season, the team might feel compelled to address Gleyber Torres’ ongoing issues to ensure they have the strongest possible roster for their playoff push.

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