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NY Mets: Best “Bench Mob” moments of the 2021 season

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May 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Patrick Mazeika (L) is congratulated by shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after a walk-off fielders choice during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Patrick Mazeika (L) is congratulated by shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after a walk-off fielders choice during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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May 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

In thought, Mets catcher Tomás Nido isn’t a big power hitter.

Nido has been the backup catcher for the Mets over the last five years and has an OPS of .582. Regardless, he lived up to Puerto Rican icon Ivan Rodriguez status one night in May against the Atlanta Braves.

After Marcell Ozuna tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the eighth, Tomás Nido immediately answered with a go-ahead home run against Braves closer Will Smith.

Nido had been in the lineup that day since he was hot, having 3 home runs and 12 RBI in just 91 at-bats before the All-Star Break. For a guy who was taken in the 8th round of the MLB Draft all the way back in 2012, him turning around would be a huge bonus to add some depth at his position.

Watch the game recap here.

James McCann and Tomás Nido have partnered to play a really good backstop. Both have played solid defense and really good strands of hot streaks over the course of the season.

As pointed out by MLB.com’s Mike Petreillo, Tomás Nido has actually been one of the team’s nice surprises. His projected wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) entering the season was .264. Not only has he lived up to expectations, his actual wOBA is .277, a 105% over/under.

Nido even came through with a clutch hit that scored Javier Báez in a move where he was surprisingly able to avoid the tag.

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