Brandon Nimmo will be on base for the Mets plenty in 2021
The Mets pursued George Springer heavily to play center field for the team this season. When that failed, the team opted to sign Albert Almora instead. This means Brandon Nimmo will be the primary center fielder in 2021. While this may not be a great thing with his glove, it is certainly a good thing to get his bat into this lineup.
I expect Brandon Nimmo to lead off a majority of games for the Mets this season. In a lineup that should score a ton of runs, I expect Nimmo to be a big reason why. While hitting at the top of the order, I expect him to get on base. A ton. That is what Nimmo is known for after all. And I expect him to contend for the league lead in that statistic.
This past season, Nimmo slashed .280/.404/.484 primarily hitting in the leadoff role for a Mets offense that was very potent. While that .404 on-base percentage just missed the top 10 in the National League, it is still a very high number and one that not many reach in a 162 game season.
Nimmo however, has reached this number before in a full season. In 2018, Nimmo’s only fully healthy 162 game season, he slashed .263/.404/.483. That .404 OBP ranked fourth in all of baseball and second in the National League.
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Whenever Nimmo has been healthy he has shown he has an elite ability to get on base. Whether that’s by getting a hit, drawing a walk, or getting hit by a pitch he always seems to be on at some point during a game. Assuming health, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be among the league leaders in OBP once again in 2021.