Of course the Mets were buzzing over their 10th straight win Wednesday night in the clubhouse afterward. But part of their excitement was over yet another wonderful Juan Lagares catch in the seventh inning.
Matt Harvey stumbled a few times while trying to describe the grab and Lagares’ remarkable defensive talent: “I mean, he’s….It’s, uh,” Harvey said. Then Harvey said this one rated up there with Lagares’ best.
“They showed a picture of whoever hit it shaking his head around the bases and I made a comment, ‘There’s a lot of guys along with you shaking their head about a hit you think you could’ve gotten, but Juan likes to steal those from you,’” Harvey recalled.
Lagares himself said that his catch of a deep drive to center by Atlanta’s Jace Peterson might be the hardest he’s ever made. Lagares raced toward the fence with his back to the plate and reached left to snare the ball, which was pushed around by a wind that had the flags at Citi Field snapping.
After the play, television cameras showed Lagares with a huge grin, beaming after adding yet another gem to his personal highlight reel.
Peterson was leading off the inning and the Mets were behind, 2-1, so an extra-base hit there would’ve been a big blow to a Met comeback.
“That play is really hard,” Lagares said. “The wind is blowing like crazy. He hit the ball straight to me and it was hard to read the ball. I really don’t know how I made that catch. That was really hard.”
He said he was smiling afterward because “I just felt a little surprised. But you go hard to the ball and you believe all the way you can get it.”
Mets center fielder Juan Lagares adds another superb catch to his resume Wednesday.
Lagares contributed with the bat, too, and extended hit hitting streak to nine straight games. His hit-and-run single in the eighth inning was crucial to setting up Lucas Duda’s game-winning hit. With Curtis Granderson running on the pitch, Lagares singled through the right side of the infield and Granderson scampered to third.
“After Grandy got on base, I just tried to move Grandy over,” Lagares said. “I looked at (third-base coach Tim) Teufel, he gave me the hit and run and I said, ‘I’ve got to do something to put the ball in play.’
“That’s a big play there.”
But the one that will make all the highlight shows is the catch, yet another for the Gold Glove center fielder. His teammates certainly enjoyed it.
“It’s Juan doing Juan things,” said Dillon Gee, who gave up Peterson’s drive. “That guy, he’s amazing. That catch is unbelievable.
“I’m lucky enough I actually get paid to watch him do that.”
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