The Mets have had trouble getting Juan Lagares into the lineup on an everyday basis. Lagares showed them why they ought to find room on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals.
With the Mets up 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, starter Bartolo Colon threw a 3-2 two-seam fastball to Jayson Werth. Werth skied it to straightaway centerfield and it had home run distance. Lagares had other ideas, leaping up and snagging the ball before it could land for a solo home run.
Watch the great grab:
Lagares also hit a two-run homer. I hope manager Terry Collins was watching.
It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:
He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.
Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”
During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.