In the bottom of the 8th inning of yesterday's Mets 10-8 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves, Dilson Herrera came up with a huge defensive play, showing the kind of game-altering infield defense the Mets have been sorely missing this season. As Freddie Freeman batted with two outs and Cameron Maybin on first, Herrera gloved a hard ground ball up the middle with a diving stop to his right, and flipped the ball with his glove to second base, retiring Maybin and ending the Braves' threat.
Herrera, who returned from the disabled list on June 11, also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and his first career stolen base, filling up the box score (and starting new dugout fashion trends) in a complete performance from the promising 21-year-old.
Herrera's performance prompted manager Terry Collins to praise his second baseman after the game. "I would have to say if Dan Murphy came back tomorrow it'd be pretty hard to take Dilson Herrera out of your lineup," Collins said. With Murphy currently rehabbing a strained left quad down in Port St. Lucie, Herrera has time to show why he deserves to hold on to the second base job, and Sunday's performance certainly helped his case.