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Mets: Three things the 2018 team had missing from the 2019 squad

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fifith inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fifith inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 28: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single by Todd Frazier against the MIlwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Citi Field on April 28, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Brandon Nimmo’s All-Star Play

Who saw the 2018 version of Brandon Nimmo coming? Not I.

Nimmo was the surprise story of 2018 for the Mets. The part-time outfielder won an everyday job for the team while filling in at all three outfield positions. He finished with one of the league’s best on-base percentages thanks in large part to his ability to draw walks and take a hit by pitch. Those extra meetings at first base helped create some havoc on the base paths.

In 2019, we haven’t seen much of Nimmo because of his current neck injury. When healthy, he was a .200 hitter whose greatest contribution was striking out far too often.

What happened between last year and this one? The worst thing we can imagine is that teams figured out how to beat Nimmo. I’m worried this is exactly what happened. It’s even worse than blaming it on an injury.

Nimmo was far from perfect and it was glaringly obvious at points in 2018. In the games he has managed to play this year, he didn’t look any better. In fact, he was far worse.

It would be hard for Nimmo to repeat exactly what he did last year. With this in mind, couldn’t the Baseball Gods pity the Mets and give them another surprising young star-in-the-making?

Pete Alonso is wonderful, but he plays a different style of baseball. The Mets needed a leadoff man to get on base, cause some chaos, and steal our hearts. Amed Rosario is a great candidate for this. However, the young shortstop has continued to struggle with his consistency.

Maybe most important of all, he brought a great attitude to the field. Factors like this can grow contagious and lift a team when they’re down.

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