Brewers pitcher Matt Garza has a severe case of the yips. He can get the ball to the plate just fine, but when he tries throwing to the bases, he is a spastic mess. Basically, any attempt at a pickoff throw or a fielding play by Garza is a disaster waiting to happen.
Things have gotten so bad for Garza that now he is actively taking himself out of plays to avoid having to attempt throws. After two fielding errors Friday night, Garza reacted to a Cincinnati sacrifice bunt as though the baseball were a hand grenade. You can almost hear Garza’s teammates screaming at him to get away from the ball.
GET AWAY GARZA, YOU CAN ONLY HURT THE CLUB!!!
A wise move by Garza to stay away from that treacherous soft bunt. I can only imagine the mayhem that would have ensued had Garza attempted to complete that routine play. The fans behind first base are very grateful as well. They don’t want to get their faces destroyed by an errant Matt Garza routine throw to first.
Garza is in need of serious psychological help right about now. He is in Chuck Knoblauch/Steve Sax territory with these yips. At this point, the Brewers are basically playing a man down defensively. Garza is the anti-Jim Kaat.