The New York Mets found an unlikely source of success in one of the wildest games played in the major leagues this season, as Nate Fisher made his major league debut on Sunday for the Mets in Philadelphia.
What is most impressive is that Fisher worked in the financial services industry as a commercial credit analyst as recently as June 2021. He then spent time on a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners last year, before the Mets gave him a chance in their organization. With a roster depleted of pitching, the Mets selected his contract for the 40-man roster before the game, and he shined in front of friends and family, and became a feel-good story overnight.
Nate Fisher threw three scoreless innings in his major league debut for the Mets.
Fisher entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with his team trailing 7-4 after Jose Butto gave up seven runs in his MLB debut, and was tasked with keeping the Mets in the game.
He started with a nine-pitch battle with Bryson Stott and got him to pop out to Brett Baty at third base. He then got two fly ball outs after walking his next hitter to get out of the inning unscathed.
In the sixth, he was pitching when the game was put on hold because of rain, but Buck Showalter trusted him to go out there and get more outs, and after walking Kyle Schwarber to start the inning before the 46-minute rain delay, he got the next three batters out in succession to end his second inning.
Then, for good measure, he was thrown out there for a third inning, which proved how dire the Mets’ pitching situation has been on the road trip. Again, he got into a bit of trouble when Bryson Stott singled with one-out, Fisher caught Stott on a pickoff to get a big second out before striking out Nick Maton looking to end that game.
Fisher threw three innings, gave up no runs, one hit, two walks, and a strikeout on 50 pitches (31 were for strikes), and he kept the Mets in the game such that the Mets came back from 7-4 to win 10-9.
Fisher was the best pitcher on either side on the day of his debut, and got rave reviews around the Mets.
Fisher said in his postgame press conference that he even got a congratulatory note from his boss from the bank he worked at in Nebraska after all what he did to get to this point. He also had a case of the butterflies, as he was thankful the Mets gave him a chance to show what he was made of.
Mark Canha, the guy that engineered the last two Mets rallies in the game with two home runs and five RBI's in the last three innings of the game, knew the importance of Fisher providing the performance he had.
Then, skipper Buck Showalter said Fisher’s performance galvanized the team and gave them the hope they needed to score another unlikely victory at the expense of their division rivals.