It would be very easy to kill Dexter Fowler for taking a terrible route on this David Ross line drive. It is rare to see a professional outfielder take what amounts to a wrong turn in the field. Fowler expects this ball to zig but, lo, it zags.

The advanced metrics are not enamoured with Fowler’s work in center but this represents an extreme case, namely a twisting liner from which no man is spared. The ball hooked when Fowler anticipated a slice, as is normally the wont of liners to center field.

Line drives stung directly at a fielder are the toughest for most outfielders, let’s charitably count Fowler among their ranks and move on. The sooner this play is in his rearview mirror, the better.