ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers makes an error on a ball hit by Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
We said it all season long.
Michael Young was probably the most valuable player on this Texas Rangers team in the 2011 regular season.
He did it all: hit, drive in runs, played second base, played first base, played third base, played shortstop. Everything.
The postseason, like last year's, has been another story for Young, who's been deemed by many as Mr. Ranger.
Aside from his Game 6 offensive explosion in the ALCS to dispatch the Detroit Tigers, and his World Series Game 5 leadoff double to set up the winning rally and Mike Napoli's RBI double, Young has been noticeably absent in the playoffs hitting in the cleanup spot.
Last year in the World Series, Young was the everyday third baseman, and the Rangers paid dearly for it with several errors and shaky play at the hot corner.
This season, the Rangers have one of the best defensive third baseman in the game, but Young has found other ways to kill his team.
In St. Louis, Young has to play in the field with the absence of a DH, and that's a liability.
In Thursday's Game 6, Young committed two errors, both of which resulted in Cardinals runs leaving fans wondering what could have been with a little more run cushion.
Fact of the matter is, there are way too many things to second-guess about Thursday night's game and way too many "ifs, ands and buts" but Young certainly didn't help matters with his performance in the field.
Here's a tip Mike, when the ball goes into your glove, hold on to it.