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Play of the night: Juan Lagares robs Andrew McCutchen

May 10, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Mentioned this in ATH, but it’s worth another look: here’s Juan Lagares robbing Andrew McCutchen of what might have been a homer in the ninth inning last night.

Could have fallen short, in which case it would have been a double. Unless Angel Hernandez was umping, in which case it might have been a homer anyway.

Here’s my backup play of the day: Dan Haren fields comebacker for the out, turns to double off the runner on second and …

Great work, Desmond and Espinosa. Bake ‘em away, toys.

  1. dondada10 - May 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I was watching the Mets game and didn’t think the Lagares catch was that phenomenal. They were playing an extreme no-doubles defense which had actually allowed an easy out to fall in for a single an at-bat prior.

    Yes, where Lagares ends up as he catches the ball makes it seem like a terrific play, but he simply had to step to his right a few times and camped under it.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some kids on my lawn that need a good yelling at.

    • bolweevils2 - May 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      I pretty much agree, and I’m a Met fan. It wasn’t routine or anything. No play where you catch it falling back into the wall is routine. But it wasn’t nearly as hard as the normal play at the wall because the Mets had their outfield playing ridiculously deep at the time.

      No doubles worked this time I guess.

  2. Francisco (FC) - May 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Play of the night: Juan Lagares robs Andrew McCutchen

    You know, they really need to beef up stadium security. Poor guy can’t play a road game ’cause he gets robbed!

  3. bfunk1978 - May 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Not sure which is more egregious: the two keystone cops or the dbag who said that Haren should have held onto the ball longer until someone was there. Both of them were about a step off the bag when he threw.

    • hasbeen5 - May 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Eh, I see his point. The runner wasn’t particularly close and that was the only play, Haren could’ve waited for one of them to get there. There wasn’t going to be a throw to 1st after, like if it were a ground ball and they were trying for a 1-6-3 or 1-4-3, so throwing to the bag and letting the middle infielder catch on the move and continue his momentum isn’t really necessary.

      • bfunk1978 - May 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        They both managed to come to a complete stop and look at each other, so I don’t see how that carried anybody’s momentum past the bag.

  4. bbk1000 - May 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    He was in the position to make the play…….nothing more, nothing less….not getting into what “the position” is….

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