Mets: Three overreactions from a mixed first week of play
2) Brandon Nimmo is going to lead the MLB in on-base percentage.
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Brandon Nimmo getting on base.
Nimmo has become the perfect leadoff hitter, getting on base in any way possible. His OPS leads all Mets hitters not named Jacob deGrom at 1.153. Nimmo is also a walk-generating machine, sitting 7th in the MLB with a 26.1 BB%.
He has an eagle eye for pitches and has a great bat to go with it, hitting a .412 AVG on batted balls so far this season. You won’t find a better pair of patience and contact swing than New York’s leadoff hitter. His current on-base percentage of .565 OBP would have by far lead all qualified batters in the 2020 season.
With the Mets’ other core hitters struggling, Nimmo has become a clear bright spot in the lineup this season. He’s got a chance to be their most dangerous lead-off hitter since Jose Reyes was in his prime.
While fans hope the fortunes turn for almost every other Mets hitter, we should all be hoping Nimmo stays batting like the way he is now.
Despite the small sample size, his success feels surprisingly sustainable. He hasn’t been doing anything crazy, just waiting for his pitch and making great contact when the time comes.
Nimmo is a paragon of the importance of patience at the plate. Little league hitters everywhere should take note study the Mets outfielder and try to replicate his approach at the plate.
His numbers make drop a bit from this Opening Week, but expect Nimmo to be a leader on this team and in the NL’s batting statistics.