Justin Upton has, over the course of his young career, provided great defense from the Arizona Diamonbacks outfield. His name appears among the OF leaders in UZR every season, and he’s 15th in UZR/150 from 2009-2012.
All the advanced metrics in the world, above average range, and cannon of an arm are no match for the bright centre of the universe. Even for a guy like Upton. So blame it on the sun, man.
The only other explanation for Upton’s outfield gaffe from Sunday would be that he came down with a sudden case of MLB 2K9 outfield ability.