While Brandon Nimmo’s catch from last night’s Dodgers game should definitely make the Top 10 list when it comes to the Mets. I can quickly state that the Agee and Swoboda catches during the 1969 World Series, the Endy Chavez catch to rob a homer from Scott Rolen in the 2006 NLCS and the Beltran catch on top of that old hill in Houston were all better. And that’s just off the top of my head.
Brandon Nimmo’s stiff neck is the latest ailment the Mets are monitoring in these final hours of spring training. The outfielder was given a day off Monday, after dealing with soreness in the neck the previous day. He is also unlikely to play Tuesday’s Grapefruit League finale, according to manager Buck Showalter, giving him an opportunity for further rest.
“I expect him in there Thursday,” Showalter said, referring to the season opener in Washington.
The regular season hasn’t even started yet and Nimmo, a guy who has only played more than a 100 games in a season once in his career, is already ailing.
Can’t imagine what all those unvaccinated people who lost their jobs over mandates are going through once they read this news about athletes and performers getting exceptions.
I would’ve loved having Marte in our lineup, but all the talking of us possibly giving up too much (namely, Brandon Nimmo) for him led me to believe that it was never going to happen.
The most positive player in the Mets’ clubhouse is trying to stay that way.
But Brandon Nimmo doesn’t want to wait much longer to break out of his season-opening slump, which sunk to 2-for-23 at the plate after going 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.
“I don’t want to overdo it, because it is just seven games in and I do have a lot of confidence that this is going to turn around, but obviously I look at the next game and I’m like, this is the game I want it to turn around,” Nimmo said. “I don’t want to wait for two weeks or whatever and be like, ‘Ah, it’s just a thing.’ The competitor in me wants it to happen now. I’m going to work as hard as I can for that right now.”
The Mets’ leadoff batter in six of their seven games — he got the night off Monday in Miami — Nimmo has struck out 14 times, the latest coming in the first inning Thursday against Stephen Strasburg. He wasn’t alone, as his teammates only picked up three hits off Strasburg and struck out 14 times as a team.
I know that it’s only been 7 games, but all those strikeouts Nimmo’s been racking up are really concerning and frankly speaking I don’t know if the Mets really have anyone else who can bat leadoff (Lagares?).
After the miraculous comeback today, my first thought was on which team did we last beat in a series? And it was the Diamondbacks, of course. Considering the pitiful losing streak we’ve been on and the horrible offensive numbers we’ve been compiling of late, I’d say that having Arizona’s number doesn’t amount to jack.