Brandon Nimmo takes the batting start to a whole new level


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Brandon Nimmo is back with the Mets’ first stick, and you can already see the difference in the squad. But it’s more than numbers.

When Brandon nimmo left the Mets with a hand injury that would leave him idle for two months, he was beating .339, with a base percentage (OBP) of .453 and an OPS of .921 in a league where average OPS is from .712.

Welcome, Brandon Nimmo (USA Today)
Welcome, Brandon Nimmo (USA Today)

When Nimmo was cleared by the medics to return to the Mets, the manager Luis Rojas wasted no time getting him back to his usual place in the lineup as the first hitter.

Unlike many returning players, Brandon Nimmo picked up where he left off, registering three hits while scoring two runs in a solid 8-3 against the Yankees.

More importantly, Nimmo’s hits unleashed two key hitters in the Mets’ batting order, Francisco lindor and Dominique smith, to follow suit, contributing two and three hits while leading four runs.

Brandon Nimmo – The Outstanding Main Hitter

Brandon Nimmo is your quintessential major league hitter.

According to Baseball-Reference, when Nimmo (2021) is the first hitter in the game, he hits 0.400, with an OBP of 0.500 and a whopping 1.033 OPS.

As the first batter in an inning, Brandon Nimmo beat .385, with a .515 OBP and a .977 OPS.

I haven’t looked, but if there is a head hitter in baseball today who can match or surpass these numbers, please name someone.

With Brandon Nimmo, it’s all about intangibles

But with Nimmo, it’s not just the numbers. It’s about those things they call baseball intangibles – the attributes of a player that you can’t measure but know are there – separating him from the norm.

Mets fans know what I mean because they themselves see it in the youthful joy and enthusiasm that Brandon Nimmo brings to the clubhouse every time he steps onto the pitch.

New York Mets spark plug Brandon Nimmo (Photo: Newsday.com)
New York Mets spark plug Brandon Nimmo (Photo: Newsday.com)

Leaving the post-match quotes to Lindor and Pete Alonso, Nimmo’s locker isn’t the first stop journalists make when looking for a story.

Instead, he plays every game like it’s the last he’ll play, going to the ‘big boys’ base to start a rally and score a few points.

Rarely have we seen this Mets team score eight points in a game while also having fourteen hits, but with Brandon Nimmo in the game, that all changes for the Mets.

After yesterday’s match, Nimmo had this to say:

“I surprised myself a bit,” Nimmo said. “But I was really, really happy to be able to help, to be able to base myself, to build traffic for some guys, and the guys were really doing some big hits.”

Yes, they did, and it’s a winning formula the Mets must stick with to fend off the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves while maintaining or even strengthening their 3.5-game lead. in the NL Est ranking.

This is how it goes (video), however, and with Brandon Nimmo back to start the fire, it’s likely to spread.


Put: forward and up

Today’s double-billed double header sends Marcus Stroman, who is making his first start since suffering a slight hip injury, to face the Yankees ace, Gerrit cole, in the Friday rain makeup game.

Tonight’s ESPN telecast has Corey Oswalt, a recent call-up from Triple-A Syracuse, facing “slowballer” Nestor Cortes for the Yankees.

Both games, under MLB rules, will last for seven innings, which makes me wonder what fans think about being ‘cheated’ over two innings, not to mention how many commercials ESPN will try to make up to catch up. the wasted advertising time.

But it’s baseball in 2021, and for the Mets, it’s a chance like any other to bury their rivals even deeper than they are now.

Post Scriptum

Two more hits this afternoon, one run scored and three for Brandon Nimmo as the Mets beat the Yankees and Gerrit Cole 10-5.

Here’s what readers are saying …

Steele steele Nimmo is a plate grinder and an ideal hitter. But he’s an below average defensive player with a weak, imprecise arm. He reminds me a lot of Daniel Murphy. Will his glove cost you as many parts as his bat wins? I would love to see Nimmo go through a healthy season to see if his 4.6 WAR 2018 season was an outlier or a norm. Beyond this year, it barely exceeds the replacement level. Author Response: It’s all true, but you can’t ignore those intangibles… I’ll tell you he’s not a complete baseball player on the field, but over six seasons he got 9 assists with only 6 errors. In short, it won’t hurt you there.

Sue mattro It’s great to find him!

Susan franciscovich Yeah and I have to say Jeff is fine too. It’s a great combination of kids who support, love and respect each other. Doggone the Mets keeps hooking up by filthy and having fun too. Happy 4th of July safely to my Metsies and Mets family !!!

Tonice Rizzo Carroll His enthusiasm is contagious!

Edwin Skepple Hitting in the DH park makes a big difference. I still don’t like his defense. He plays too deep

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