A mental miscue from Gleyber Torres handed the Mets a run. A mental miscue from Gleyber Torres handed the Mets a run.

While a lot has gone wrong for the New York Yankees during their current slide, defense has not been a big issue. That changed in Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets. But the mistake was not physical. Rather, it was a huge mental mistake from second baseman Gleyber Torres.

The Mets trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning. But with Pete Alonso on first base, Jeff McNeil hit a ball into the right-center field gap. It seemed all but certain that Alonso would score the tying run, until he tripped around third base. When the relay throw came into Torres, Alonso was seemingly hung out to dry. But thanks to a colossal blunder from Torres, things went great for the Mets.

McNeil initially headed for third but when he saw that Alonso was hung out between third and home, he scattered back to second base. That got Torres’ attention. Rather than throw home for the seemingly easy out on Alonso, Torres sprinted to second to try to get McNeil out. Things went horribly for the Yankees. McNeil got back to second ahead of Torres. That also opened the door for Alonso to score the tying run uncontested.

The baseball world collectively wondered just what was going through Torres’ mind in this sequence.

It’s hard to understand what happened here. Physical mistakes happen, even from the best in the world. But these are not the kind of mental miscues that you expect to see at the major-league level, especially from veterans.

One of the ironies of this defensive blunder is that earlier in the game, Torres made one of the best defensive plays of his career.

Unfortunately, mental gaffes are often remembered before great plays, especially when they lead to a run being scored.

[SNY on Twitter, Talkin’ Yanks]

About Michael Dixon

About Michael:
-- Writer/editor for thecomeback.com and awfulannouncing.com.
-- Bay Area born and raised, currently living in the Indianapolis area.
-- Twitter:
@mfdixon1985 (personal).
@michaeldixonsports (work).
-- Email: mdixon@thecomeback.com
Send tips, corrections, comments and (respectful) disagreements to that email. Do the same with pizza recommendations, taco recommendations and Seinfeld quotes.