Mets: Comparing some surprise 2018 seasons with historical performances

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Some members of the 2018 New York Mets put together favorable statistical seasons. Let’s take a look at what they did and compare it to some historic numbers.

Though the New York Mets have been an overall disappointment in 2018, the final two months of the season have cast light on bright spots for the future. Thanks to guys like Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler the Mets clearly own talent that can help them win in the future.

That said, let’s not ignore the accomplishments of certain individuals happening right now.

Though injuries continue to ravage New York, some of the full-season Mets have impressed. Let’s take a look at a few of those players, comparing their statistics to other Mets and non-Mets of the past.

Brandon Nimmo

Nimmo could have–and, perhaps, should have–been an All-Star this season. According to Baseball Reference, he is 9th in the N.L. in offensive WAR (4.8). Nimmo is also 3rd in the N.L. in OBP behind only Joey Votto and Lorenzo Cain.

Time for a very specific history lesson.

Of lefty outfielders in any of their first three seasons since 1947, Nimmo is 1 of just 6 to post a .395 OBP, 140 OPS+, and draw 70 walks in over 500 PAs. The other five, by year, are:

Carl Yastrzemski, 1963

Reggie Jackson, 1969

Mitchell Page, 1977

Kal Daniels, 1988

Ken Griffey Jr. 1991

For those scoring at home, that’s 3 all-timers and 2 guys you’ve likely never heard of, though Daniels will make another appearance later on. The takeaway here shouldn’t be over-exaggerated. Is Nimmo a future Hall-of-Famer?

Probably not. Does Nimmo own the skills, stats, and potential to one day be an MVP candidate?

Actually…maybe.

Listen, no one can see the future in baseball; it’s unlikely Nimmo mashes a Jacksonian amount of round-trippers in his career, but he still has pop. He also gets on base at a tremendous clip.

The blend of power, speed, and walkability have become a popular component among recent MVP candidates (see: Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts), and Nimmo certainly has that potential. He does strikeout a bit too much, but Nimmo’s ceiling could be far higher than we could have imagined.

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