They aren't being caught from behind...they are running backwards.
How much psychology is there in sports?..all it took was an All Star Break and Cueto having an Atlee Hammaker A.S. game.
Its in the teams head to fold. Whatever one facet does right...the other goes putrid.
I trace it all back to the bullpen since the start of the season. Those head cases of bad arms have gotten into the heads of the rest of the team. Like the flu,close quarters does it. Or a cough..one guy coughs..pretty soon the whole team is-lol.