2) Tomas Nido’s audition for the 2023 Mets commenced with James McCann’s second IL stint of the season.
Tomas Nido’s long-term future with the Mets is clearly on the line here, let alone a potential role on the 2023 Mets. James McCann is under contract for two more years and top prospect Francisco Alvarez is likely to be on the major league team in the near future. So, it is essential for Nido to generate a strong performance the rest of the way.
For all the offensive struggles the Mets have had from their catchers this season (Nido has a .209 overall batting average, but a .333 mark with men in scoring position), run prevention has played a pivotal role in the team’s success, and Nido has been part of that success. Nido has only gunned down 5 of the 32 base stealers against him, but those caught baserunners have come in big spots for New York, especially over the past three weeks.
Also, Nido's pitch framing has gotten better over the past seven weeks from earlier in the season when serving as the full-time catcher in James McCann’s initial injury absence. It will have to remain that way through McCann’s second injury absence for the Mets to remain efficient in run prevention.
With Nido due for his second round of arbitration this winter, the Mets will have to make a decision on whether or not they will tender a contract, which is a big question mark right now because the Mets will put Francisco Alvarez on the 40-man roster this winter to prevent him from going to the Rule 5 draft. These next two months mean everything for Nido’s future endeavors in Queens.