Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made what will likely end up as one of the top-five plays of the 2015 season Friday night against the Mets. The Braves led 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Travis d’Arnaud led off the inning against Braves starter Eric Stults, slapping the first pitch into the hole, just to the right of a diving Chris Johnson.
It was destined, it seemed, to be a seeing-eye single into left field. But Simmons appeared, seemingly out of the ether, to corral the ball. He pulled off a Jeter-esque jump-and-throw — though Jeter never would have had the range to get to the ball in the first place, nor the arm strength — to nail d’Arnaud at first base by half a stride for the first out of the inning.
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Simmons is nearly good enough at his job that he desensitizes us to just how amazing his defense is.