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Brandon Nimmo Returning Would Be A Game Changer

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Brandon Nimmo may soon be beginning a rehab assignment which would put him on a schedule to hopefully return to the Mets lineup before September, and at least before the end of the season. If you are skeptical he could return, after all Nimmo had a rehab assignment earlier this year which did not end well, his wife offers hope as well:

If Nimmo is back, the Mets are a significantly improved team. It’s easy to forget, but Nimmo is one of the best players on this team.

Last year, Nimmo was the second best offensive player in the National League with a 149 wRC+. Despite getting injured during Spring Training, Nimmo was on his way to repeating his 2018 season. Through the first 17 games of the season, he was hitting .241/.388/.463 before being removed from the April 16 game against the Phillies after getting hit on the hand.

Up until that point, he had a a great 16.1 percent walk rate, and he was still a magnet getting hit by a pitch twice. Even with the struggles which ensued from getting hit on the hand and his neck, Nimmo maintained that 16.1 percent walk rate. Put another way, the skills which made him a great hitter in 2018 were still present in 2019 even with the injuries.

Taking that into account, Nimmo is a significant upgrade to the Mets outfield situation. It’s not just over Juan Lagares or Aaron Altherr, both of whom are not performing this year. It is also over Dominic Smith (who is also on the IL) and J.D. Davis. While Smith and Davis are good stories this year, they are not better than Nimmo and certainly not as an outfielder.

Putting that aside, Nimmo gives the Mets actual outfield depth and options. With him as an outfield option, Jeff McNeil can move to second base if needed. This gives more options for late inning double switches and defensive substitutions. With Nimmo returning, this will be the best Mets bench since the 2015 bench with Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Michael Cuddyer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Wilmer Flores/Ruben Tejada.

Nimmo returning makes the starting lineup better. It deepens the bench giving the team more options. It takes a Mets team already in contention, and it makes them even better. When Nimmo returns, we may be talking much differently about this club and their chances of making the postseason and doing damage in the postseason.

13 thoughts on “Brandon Nimmo Returning Would Be A Game Changer”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    He is a 4th OF, which I have said since he showed up. A great one, at that but I’m not sitting Davis, Conforto od McNeil for him.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      He’s an everyday player.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        And who are you sitting of JD, Conforto and McNeil? Nimmo was hitting .200 and leading the league in Ks last time I looked. And the nature of his injury isn’t “all better now” its ” chronic for life.”

        JD has started his Citifield career with the highest OPS in his first 100 ABs, ever, Met or visitor. He had two home runs and 4 ribbles against the Nats. Conforto and McNeil….I won’t bother. Lagares and Altherr definitely c oh uld be improved on, don’t get me wrong….but Nimmo was an anchor in April.

        Nimmo is a five tool player, the problem is they grades are no better than 5 “B”s. Send him to Syracuse, when he hits better than Dilson, bring him up in Seprember.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Davis is hot. I have zero issue riding a hot streak until it ends.

          That said, Nimmo is a far superior player. He’s a better defender, base runner, and hitter. Saying otherwise is a complete overreaction to one hot streak.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    In what works is Niimo a better hitter than JD? Maybe getting HBP one year. McNeil fills the lead off role where Nimmo was do to lack of team options. Hopefully Rosario is up there with McNeil now.

    JD, Conforto, McNeil is our OF for a long time. Nimmo isn’t replacing any of them.

    You have a thing against JD, dude, ever since they got him.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I just explained it to you.

  3. Fitz Cave says:

    Nimmo was 5th in the NL in oWAR last year in only 535 PAs. He hit .200 because he played one month plus with severe neck issues. Saying he is a 4th outfielder is ignorant.
    JD Davis is a revelation at the plate and can be hidden in LF for now, his -1.6 dWAR notwithstanding. Nimmo is a savant at getting on base (.404 in 2018) and should go back to leading off. McNeil just moves into the 2B role and bats 2nd as he is the best barrel manipulator (re: hit & run) in the game. Rosario doesn’t get on base enough to bat 1 or 2. He should bat 7th with Ramos batting 8th. Logic: Rosario gets on first and Ramos doubles, Rosario scores; Ramos gets on first and Rosario doubles, Ramos at 3rd with pitcher’s spot up.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      I have no problem with McNeil at second, if Nimmo ccx an be the 2018 Nimmo. I just have real doubts he can. If Cano is healthy, no matter WHAT we all think, he is starting at second.

      That leaves four OFers, and Nimmo is 4th.

      In five OF professional seasons JD has one error. His negative dWAR was compiled at third base when he had three erorrs in April weeks (and MD I know dear means more than errors, but they hurt a lot) since then he has been solid in left, far better than Smith.

      Maybe Nimmo will go back to 2018 level. Maybe his neck is chronic and he will be the guy leading the league in Ks again and batting .200, especially coming into a race after months without baseball activity.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        You have doubts about Nimmo despite his having real translatable skills, but you’re all-in on Davis based upon Triple-A stats and a completely unsustainable hit streak.

  4. Oldbackstop says:

    JD hit .335/.400/.589/.989 in AAA. You said he couldn’t hit major league pitching. He is hitting .307 with ridiculous power.

    Dom Smith hit.299 in AAA. He is hitting, you tell me, .245 in the majors?

    Why is JD not sustainable and Smith is?

    You painted yourself into a corner with JD this winter and you can’t admit it

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not overreacting to JD being unconscious for a month with complete outlier stats and a BABIP which cannot be sustained.

      You’re welcome to do so, but I’m not.

      Instead, I’ll trust a much better player with much better skills at the plate.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You keep citing some 400 something BABIP for JD over some period of time you cherry pick. I’m sure his BaBip over the last 72 hours is probably impressive.

        His season BABIP is a less remarkable .353. That is below McNeil. He hits the ball insanely harder than McNeil, which gives you infield hits. He hits HRs at a higher rate than McNeil, which aren’t counted in BABIP. McNeil is, in effect LUCKIER than JD.

        Are you railing that McNeil is due for a collapse?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          It’s not a cherry pick. It’s actually the opposite. It’s context, and if you think a .353 BABIP is unremarkable, you don’t understand the stat and underlying fact it’s.

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