Andrelton Simmons is a wizard. I think we can all agree on that by now.
Last night, with Jordan Walden about to blow a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning, Simmons made one of his best plays yet in the big leagues.
With a runner on third and two outs, Travis d'Arnaud shot a ball to Simmons's right. He snagged the sharp grounder and made a pretty incredible jump-throw to get d'Arnaud by a step. If he doesn't make the play, the lead is gone and it would start to feel like the Braves were going to blow yet another game late.
Defense matters, kids.
I think his unassisted 6-3 double play against the Nationals last year is probably my favorite Simbaism of all-time, but considering this stopped the game-tying run from scoring, it has to be pretty high up there. The Braves are lucky to have a guy like Andrelton handling shortstop for the foreseeable future.