— New York Mets (@Mets) April 20, 2016
With Tuesday’s game long past over, Mets up 11-1, defensive sub Juan Lagares saved three runs with a home run robbery.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present: “Juan Lagares doing Juanderful Things,” Episode No. 1.
While his New York Mets teammates were counting down the outs until the game ended, Lagares was roaming the landscape of centerfield, hunting for baseballs.
In this case, off the bat of ex-slugger Ryan Howard. The second that baseball hit wood, Juan turned his hips and took off toward the warning track closing in with vintage speed and direction, finishing the play off with a jumping catch into the wall.
That was definitely young, energetic, up-and-coming, Gold Glove award-winning 2014 Lagares we saw out there make that play and Not the overweight, slow and lazy 2015 Juan.
Hopefully, that becomes a trend. Outfield depth is always fun for a team with championship desires.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t get in on any of the offensive action in Tuesday’s game. The Mets tore the Philadelphia Phillies to pieces, scoring 11 runs, all accounted for by six HR.