The joy of seeing Brandon Nimmo on base is one New York Mets fans have become accustomed to in recent years. Whether by hit, walk, hit by pitcher, or some other means, he always seems to find a way to reach first base.
Does he like conversations with the first baseman? Is the walk of shame after an out just that embarrassing? Or maybe Nimmo is just good at baseball.
Whatever his reason (I like to go with the third option from the above), it has become very clear that Nimmo is down for some OBP this season.
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo’s naughty nature is to get on base as much as possible
Four games might be enough of a sample size to know which little leaguer should get placed in the fourteen-hole of the lineup and shoved into right field for the required minimum two innings each day. However, it’s hardly enough to judge a big leaguer on what lies ahead.
Nevertheless, Nimmo has been an on-base machine to begin the 2021 season. Along with a superb .429 batting average, he has reached at a clip of .579! His five early walks have contributed greatly but let’s also not neglect his six early hits including a pair of doubles.
Getting on base is nothing new for Nimmo. He has two seasons of finishing at .404 albeit last year included only 55 games. Even in his ill-fated 2019 campaign where he suffered through injuries and only had 254 plate appearances and a .221 batting average, Nimmo was down with OBP. He had a .375 OBP to finish the season.
In the past few seasons, there has been a question about who belongs at the top of the Mets lineup. Should it be Jeff McNeil, a player who seems guaranteed to hit .300? What about Amed Rosario and his speed?
More often than not, when Nimmo is healthy and available, the Mets have turned to him. We saw Kevin Pillar get first ups on Opening Day this season, but there were a few questionable decisions about how the starting nine looked even just beyond that. Versus lefties, we may see Nimmo dropped a little lower. Hopefully, we don’t see it much with maybe the exception of whoever is the current Randy Johnson in the league.
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Nimmo may not play the best defense, hit a ton of home runs, or be known for much more than his “over-hustle” after a walk. To the Mets, he’s much more. He clogs up the bases. He’s a pest with a smile on his face and a pair of cleats with a love affair for getting to at least bag number one.