Watched the Night of the Walker Dead last evening, with apologies to the recently passed Geo. Romero. This is not about the 2-15 since his return or his 7Ks or 3 errors. It is about the lack luster play and going slowly through the motions.
6th inning. Hits a FB down the LF line, with Hoffman on the mound Walker is hitting LH and Parra was faded toward L-CF. Off the bat this ball was fair and not a sure out considering how far Parra had to go. Walker trotted down the 1st baseline never reaching 1B before peeling off when Parra on a full run caught the ball 4-5 ft. fair. Keith and Gary commented about how embarrassed Walker would be if Parra hadn't reached that ball and he were left standing on 1st. I commented that TC should pull him from the game.
7th inning. Blackmon LH singles up the middle to Sewalds left into CF. Rosario breaks for the ball and is behind 2B when the ball reaches the OF grass...just as Walker appears 15-20 ft. short of 2B and not moving very fast. Given that he may have positioned toward the 1st base side, but with no one on base Flores should have been playing somewhat off the base even if he protecting the line.
9th inning. Blackman on first with LeMahieu, RHB AB. Blackman breaks for 2nd and Rosario makes a jab step toward 2nd before reversing his field to go after the ball LeMahieu put in play toward the hole at SS. Clearly Rosario was wrong to cover on the steal attempt, but when Rosario reversed Walker was jogging toward 2nd and imo wouldn't have been in position to cover a throw on the quick CFer. The next hitter, Arenado, drove in Blackmon with the winning run.
Never the less Walker is back in the lineup again tonight.