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Mets Predictions: 3 players set for a career year in 2021 update

Sep 11, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) and Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a grand slam home run during the fourth inning at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) and Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a grand slam home run during the fourth inning at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 23, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo rounds second base in the eighth inning after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Exactly two months ago, I put together an article for Rising Apple on three New York Mets I believed are headed toward a career year in 2021. About a month and a half into the season, I thought I would check in to see where those three players are.

Firstly, it looks like several members of this ball club are on track to put together unprecedented seasons. Specifically, the bullpen has a few guys off to amazing starts. I think at least one of them maintains it and ends up with some memorable numbers at the end of the season.

Secondly, there is no second point to make. Let’s just get right into how these preseason predictions of mine have fared.

I predicted Brandon Nimmo would have a career year for the Mets in 2021

I am a Brandon Nimmo fan but not a Brandon Nimmo geek. I don’t cite analytical data of his on dates—my wife would never allow it.

My basis for predicting a career year out of Nimmo in 2021 comes from a few places. For one, he’s in the age range we typically see players reach the pinnacle of their career. For yet another, we saw a lot of good things from him in 2020 to show he is more than a low-average, high OBP guy.

Nimmo definitely started hot for the Mets. At the time of landing on the IL, he was slashing .318/.430/.439 in 21 games played. Missing any length of time could hurt a case in seeing a career year out of him. However, I think we have all come to expect Nimmo to miss some time. Sadly, we always have to factor it in with a guy like him the same way we might pre-add a tip to the bill at a restaurant.

I still do think Nimmo can come back and put together some numbers which surpass his 2018 campaign. Barring some kind of major transformation for the worse when he does return to action, I think this remains a pretty safe prediction on my behalf.

Too bad I can’t say the same about all of the Mets I foresaw having a career year.

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