Since being activated from the IL, Brandon Nimmo has a .263/.531/.632 line in 32 PA. The Mets have played 10 games in that span and Nimmo has started seven of those. In those seven, the Mets are 5-2. And in one of the losses they had a six-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Mets have eased him back in, giving him some time off when the other team starts a lefty. But last night when the D’Backs started lefty Robbie Ray, it was Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto on the bench and Nimmo in the lineup. He responded with a homer in his only PA against Ray.
Obviously that OPS won’t remain that high the rest of the season. But we should keep in mind that in this stretch he has a .300 BABIP and all of his action has come against teams over .500 and in the hunt for the playoffs. He’s not taking advantage of a second division team’s starter just called up from the minors with the expanded rosters.
Nimmo is an offensive force with his ability to get on base at a high clip combined with enough power that they can’t just groove him pitches to get a strike. Everyone talks about the lousy bullpen as a reason the Mets struggled so much this season – and rightly so. But don’t forget that they essentially played without Nimmo from the middle of April (when he first missed time with the neck injury) until the beginning of September.
And the Keon Broxtons and Carlos Gomezes and Juan Lagareses that they used to replace him were terrible.