Steve Sax says he feels for struggling Altuve

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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A’s home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.

SAN DIEGO — There aren’t many people within Major League Baseball who can truly appreciate or acknowledge what Jose Altuve is going through with his sudden inability to do something he has successfully accomplished hundreds of thousands of times: make a simple throw.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker admitted that Altuve might be slipping into one of baseball’s darkest corners, one that makes players shiver simply hearing the word: “yips.”

“You just hope he isn’t getting the yips, because invariably they come in bunches,” Baker said after Altuve committed two errors in Game 2 of the ALCS. “I just told him to flush it. I mean, this guy’s been awesome for us, and you gotta flush it and move on, or else it multiplies.”

Altuve did not commit a throwing error during the regular season but has committed four in nine

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