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Juan Lagares Newsbeat
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.
Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.
With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the throw. It sailed about a foot to the third-base side of home plate, allowing catcher Travis d’Arnaud to catch it on the fly and apply the tag.
“There are a lot of good outfielders in this league, but Juan Lagares ranks right with anybody in this league defensively,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s got a great arm.”
Friday, May 30, 2014
There’s a pretty big difference between Fangraphs and Baseball Reference wrt WAR. BR has him at 2.5 and FG has him at 1.0.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
It could not have been pleasant for Juan Lagares to spend most of this week confined to the bench, helpless to stop the Mets from spiraling further into a losing muck. Manager Terry Collins kept insisting that Lagares was his starting center fielder, but Lagares didn’t play. A relatively minor two-week slump had effectively stripped him of his job.
On Saturday, Lagares set a rather explosive plan in motion to win it back. Homering, driving in three runs and robbing a home run on defense, Lagares carried Bartolo Colon and the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Nationals.
“I know I can play,” Lagares said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m here for.”
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