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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo had an incredible game on Sunday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, smashing three hits including a triple and a home run. His season OPS is up to an eye-popping 1.371 and the Mets are in a real bind as they simply have to find a way to keep his bat in a crowded outfield.

In only 21 plate appearances so far, Nimmo has gotten on base an incredible 12 times while striking out only twice. This is certainly a small sample, and while he won't produce like a peak Barry Bonds all season, Nimmo is on track for the best walk and strikeout rates of his career -- as well as his best hard-hit rate and line drive rate.

Always a patient hitter, Nimmo is swinging less than ever, but pummeling the ball when he does hit. He is the consummate leadoff hitter the team has been lacking for so long and if the team is waiting for him to cool off, it might be a long wait...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets on 3-2 win over the Brewers 00:05:05
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo discuss the team's 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Despite starting for only the fourth time this season, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"He played a great game,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

Nimmo, starting for the first time since April 4, singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the fourth and hit a game-tying home run to lead off the sixth inning as the Mets improved to 12-2, their best start in franchise history.

"You have to just try and help out the team however you can,'' said Nimmo, who has a .400/.571/.800 batting line in 15 at-bats this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Yoenis Cespedes
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Shea Anything: Brandon Nimmo 00:01:12
Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the caliber of player Brandon Nimmo will be in the future.

The Mets have recalled Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned Jacob Rhame to Triple-A to make room on the roster, it was announced Friday.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Friday that one of the reasons Nimmo was called up was because the team will likely have a greater need for him to pinch-hit late in games due to the likely light offense expected from catchers Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.

Nimmo had been sent down on Monday, and the Mets would have had to wait at least 10 days before bringing him back up. However, he is replacing an injured player (Kevin Plawecki) on the roster, which allowed the Mets to call Nimmo up sooner. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce, who said two weeks ago that he wasn't even thinking about the potential of playing first base this season, took grounders at first base prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. 

Bruce has only played the outfield so far this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that Bruce could play first base on a "reasonably every day basis" if it came to it. After having not played first base since 2014, Bruce graded out as average in 91 innings at the position in 2017.

The timing of Bruce taking grounders was interesting, as one of the reasons for him playing first base would be to get Brandon Nimmo in the lineup -- the same Brandon Nimmo who was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier on Tuesday...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Mets outfield analysis 00:03:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel analyzes the strength of the Mets' outfield and where it ranks among the league's best.

Brandon Nimmo is currently the odd-man out due to the return of Michael Conforto, and while he wants to be starting, he said the Mets' current outfield glut is a "great problem to have."

"I am a competitor, so I want to be out there," Nimmo said Thursday, according to Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "But I also want this team to win, whatever they feel like is best to win, if that's me coming off the bench, if that's me starting that day, then that's what I am gonna do. I definitely want to succeed in whatever they ask me to do, so I am going to work hard and do that."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Nimmo is right that the Mets' current outfield depth is a great problem to have. But it also isn't one they need to have. It's been said before, but unless Adrian Gonzalez rediscovers his power stroke, the Mets' best configuration has Nimmo, Conforto, Cespedes, and Bruce in the lineup at the same time. And the only way to do that is by moving someone to the infield. And that person should be Bruce, who can move to first base...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael dal Colle, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have a lot to be satisfied with at this early point in the season, with the second-best batting average in baseball and an overall offense in the top third of the league. But behind those numbers are some very different stories -- some good and some not so good.

While it's still early to come to any conclusions, let's take a look at the trends emerging for the 2018 Mets...

The Good

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Michael Conforto is well ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery, is in New York, and could be activated from the DL on Thursday -- the first day he's eligible. 

Conforto potentially returning this early is a great thing, as is the outfield depth the Mets are about to have. But with four starting-caliber players for three spots, and Juan Lagares also needing playing time, the Mets will have some decisions to make.

So, what could they do? And what should they do? Here are some options...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

He was set to leadoff in center field for the Mets on Sunday, but Brandon Nimmo has since been scratched due to flu-like symptoms.

Nimmo didn't see the field on Saturday, as Juan Lagares got the start in center field. 

The 25-year-old Nimmo had a solid Opening Day performance, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

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New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

For the Mets' second game of the season, Mickey Callaway opted to start Juan Lagares over Brandon Nimmo while Amed Rosario is batting behind the pitcher again.

Nimmo reached base four times on Opening Day, going 2-3 with a walk and HBP, scoring two runs. Callaway, at his pregame news conference ahead of the game against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, explained what went into his lineup decisions. 

"We thought it was a decent matchup for Lagares with their starting pitcher," Callaway said...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Toward the end of our marathon pregame broadcast yesterday on SNY, the Baseball Night in New York crew batted around the question of "what would it take for the Mets to surprise this year?"

It's obvious that the team needs dominant starting pitching if it hopes to contend, so I suggested that a true key to their playoff hopes lies in a less obvious place -- the offense. If the Mets want to be relevant all summer, their lineup needs to be solid and competent, enough to help the excellent top half of the rotation, and high-ceiling bullpen.

The Mets won't be able to compete with the depth and quality of the position players suiting up for the Cubs, Nationals, or Dodgers but they can win plenty games in a weak division if their patchwork lineup delivers on its modest potential.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

How pumped are you for Opening Day?! Extremely, right? Well, the players are too, and seeing it has just made me even more excited.

Yesterday, the team left Port St. Lucie to make their return home to New York. Thanks to social media, we were all able to experience this travel with them. Click below for some of the gems for you to see for the first time if you missed it yesterday, or just to relive it and get even more excited for Opening Day against the Cardinals -- Thursday at 1 p.m. on SNY!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Could the Mets trade Lagares? 00:04:17
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses opposing teams' continued interest in trading for elite defensive outfielder Juan Lagares.

The Mets have not ruled out trading OF Juan Lagares, who has drawn recent interest, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, who is currently expected to be part of a platoon in center field with Brandon Nimmo, was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old will earn $6.5 million this season and $9 million in 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Brandon Nimmo's strong showing in 2017 and what he's displayed so far in Spring Training, he's earned the right to be the long end of a center field platoon with Lagares. And as a left-handed hitter, that means Nimmo will get the bulk of the at-bats. So where does that leave Lagares?

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Syndergaard on Tuesday start 00:02:52
Noah Syndergaard talks about Monday?s start, potentially facing the Astros in the World Series, and quotes ?Forgetting Sarah Marshall.?

Noah Syndergaard was strong and Brandon Nimmo homered as the Mets' split squad lost to the Astros, 6-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Noah Syndergaard
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Mar 5, 2018; Nimmo (9) connects for a HR at First Data Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 5, 2018; Nimmo (9) connects for a HR at First Data Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

If the season needed to start today, it would be hard to argue against Mickey Callaway using Brandon Nimmo in center field more than Juan Lagares, especially since this spring Nimmo is showing himself to be an ideal leadoff hitter...

"He definitely fits a mold of what you'd be looking for in that leadoff spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said when asked if Nimmo was in line for such a role this season.

Frankly, this isn't new for Brandon. In the 68 at bats he's had during his career when leading off an inning, Nimmo is hit .350 with a .426 OBP, including seven extra base hits. Even better, he's been the first batter of a game 11 times, during which he reached base six times.

Clearly, this is a super, super small sample size, but it doesn't feel wrong.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Thor, Mets 00:03:52
Michelle Yu, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata recap the Mets' 8-5 Spring Training loss to the Nationals and discuss Noah Syndergaard's potential.

The Mets lose to the Nationals 8-5 as Noah Syndergaard strikes out seven batters, Brandon Nimmo collects three hits and Jeurys Familia allows five runs.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard
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Brandon Nimmo mic'd up 00:01:31
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo wears a microphone as he faces reliever Jerry Blevins during a recent workout in Port St. Lucie.

SNY mic'd up Brandon Nimmo during batting practice as he faced Robert Gsellman and Jerry Blevins, and hit his first-ever Spring Training BP home run -- much to the faux-chagrin of Blevins.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman
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BNNY: Nimmo leading off? 00:05:15
Doug Williams, Marc Malusis and Nelson Figueroa break down Brandon Nimmo's case to start in center field and lead off for the Mets.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot in Monday's 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Detroit Tigers, and manager Mickey Callaway believes Nimmo could succeed out of that role.

"We're looking for certain qualities in hitters in certain spots," Callaway told reporters on Monday. "He definitely fits a mold of what you'd be looking for in that leadoff spot."

Nimmo had a .276/.412/.429 batting line in eight games as the leadoff hitter. He believes his approach makes him a good option to bat first in the lineup.

"I definitely am comfortable in the leadoff spot. It's a place that yeah, I think suits my approach," Nimmo said.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/5 00:02:35
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Matt Harvey tossed three scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Tigers, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matt Harvey
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/5 00:02:35
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Matt Harvey tossed three scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Tigers, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matt Harvey
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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Miami Marlins base runner in the the fifth inning of a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Miami Marlins base runner in the the fifth inning of a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Luis Guillorme notched three RBI as the Mets tied the Astros, 7-7, to finish their Friday double-header.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow
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New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Juan Lagares will make his Spring Training debut Friday when the Mets host the Nationals at 1:10 p.m., manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game.

Lagares, who did baserunning drills on Wednesday, has been dealing with a tight hamstring.

The 28-year-old revamped his swing this offseason while working with the hitting coach who did the same for J.D. Martinez.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Brandon Nimmo saw success for the first time in his young career in 2017, despite an unusual profile and an inconsistent role on the team. The team's outfield alignment may not have an opening for him on a regular basis but can one plus-plus tool force their hand?

Nimmo arrived in the majors with the expectation that he would get on base and he has done exactly that. Over 215 plate appearances in 2017, he put up a .379 on base percentage, which would have ranked him in the top 20 of all hitters in baseball if he qualified. A high strikeout rate held him back from a high batting average, but his 15 percent walk rate was elite and anyone getting on base that often has significant value, regardless of his other qualities.

When a young player puts up an exceptional statistic like a 15 percent walk rate, it makes it difficult to project future seasons with accuracy. ZiPS, Steamer, and PECOTA all expect a big drop off, based on the assumption that his walk rate will fall back to earth and his power will regress...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

With the acquisition of Todd Frazier, the Mets' contingent of position players is largely settled. But some questions remain, including one that has plagued the team for several seasons now: who will lead off?

On Friday, new Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler mentioned Frazier, Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Reyes as potential leadoff candidates. And there should be even more candidates than the above. So, who should it be?

The classic "old school" leadoff man is whoever is fastest -- who will steal the most bases? Of the Mets' projected starters, clearly Amed Rosario fits that mold best. He is projected to steal anywhere from 15-to-25 bases in 2018, and his raw speed is clearly elite...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is looking forward to helping the Mets weather the early-season absence of injured fellow OF Michael Conforto

With the Mets' All-Star center fielder not expected back until May after undergoing shoulder surgery, Nimmo is ready to fill in and do whatever he can to help his club overcome Conforto's missing offense. He'll likely be part of a platoon with Gold Glover Juan Lagares in the early part of the season.

"I do have confidence in what I do and I think I can help out this team a lot," Nimmo said. "While Conforto is resting up and getting healed up, I think we can hold the fort down and do more than just hold the fort down. I think we can contribute and show the Mets why they kept us around."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson has placed an emphasis on adding a starting second baseman or third baseman this offseason -- with his stated preference being to bring in a second baseman in order to keep Asdrubal Cabrera at third base. Cabrera recently said he prefers to play second base, but it remains to be seen if his desire will have any impact on what the Mets do.

Here's a look at the players the Mets are reportedly considering...

3B/1B Todd Frazier, free agent

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

"In Brandon Nimmo, the Mets basically have a young, pre-injury Michael Brantley on their hands, a player with great plate discipline and good corner-outfield defense with a chance at more," writes Eno Sarris for FanGraphs.

The 24-year-old Nimmo's elite plate discipline helped him post a walk rate of 15.3 percent and a .379 OBP in 69 games for the Mets last season. And it's one of the reasons why they're reportedly not willing to trade him to the Pirates for INF/OF Josh Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | In their search for a second baseman or third baseman, the Mets are likely choosing between Harrison and free agents Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker. When news of the potential Nimmo for Harrison trade first came out, I was of the opinion that the Mets should bite the bullet and do it. That isn't the case anymore...

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There are exactly two weeks until Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the official start of Spring Training.

Meanwhile, there are dozens of impact free agents available on the open market and trades that can still be made as the Mets continue their search for a second baseman or third baseman and at least two pitchers willing to accept minor-league deals...

What's on second?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are "continuing dialogue" with the Pirates regarding a potential trade for INF/OF Josh Harrison, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who says the Mets still believe a free agent acquisition for second base is more likely.

The Mets re-signed Jose Reyes last week to be a utility player, and are still seeking a full-time second baseman. Aside from Harrison, the team has recently been linked to free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. He's a solid offensive player who is a plus defender at second base, versatile enough to play third base and the outfield, and would give the Mets some speed. But their apparent reluctance to deal Nimmo to the Pirates means a trade would likely have to be done with the Mets dealing minor league assets -- and the Pirates, who are reportedly not looking to fully rebuild, may not have any interest if that's the case...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo didn't know his name was being thrown around in trades when the Mets discussed a potential move with the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. His wife, Chelsea, told him when the two were hanging out on the couch.

"Huh. I guess you were almost traded," Chelsea told Brandon, via Matt Ehalt of The Record.

Nimmo wasn't offended, either. In fact, not only was his ego not bruised, it was stroked. He was glad to be in a discussion with former NL MVP McCutchen and honored the Mets kept him...

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him -- at least for the first few months of the season -- reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that the Pirates did not receive equal value in exchange for Cole and McCutchen, but Gammons says the "gist of opinion from the GMs" he talked to is that the Pirates did well in those trades, and may try to compete sooner than later instead of continuing to tear down.

The Mets and Yankees have been among the teams interested in trading for Harrison, but it was reported last week that the Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for Harrison -- believing the cost should be lower. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported last Tuesday that the Mets had seen Nimmo as a potential centerpiece in a deal for Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. Yes, there are other infield options on the free agent market. But there are issues that come with signing each of them. Todd Frazier would necessitate moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where he's a poor defender. Eduardo Nunez is a poor defender himself. Neil Walker has dealt with back issues. And Jose Reyes is a bench piece at this point in his career...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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What's the plan with Nimmo? 00:02:22
With the news that the Mets decided to pass on Andrew McCutchen in order to hold onto Brandon Nimmo, the BNNY crew has questions.

The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The Mets believe the asking price is not consistent with Harrison's contract, according to Puma. 

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | If you're handicapping what's next for the Mets now that they've celebrated returning free agent Jay Bruce with a Citi Field press conference, here's the way Sandy Alderson looks at the rest of the Met winter:

He'd rather sign a free agent than make a trade to improve the club. He says he could offer a potential free-agent infielder a "significant" contract. He doesn't agree with the hot takes that peg the Mets' farm system as mostly-devoid of desirable players, nor do he and his lieutenants believe the Mets need to add another bullpen arm.

Oh, and Alderson likes Brandon Nimmo's skill set an awful lot...

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are reportedly signing OF/1B Jay Bruce to a three-year deal worth $39 million, and have told him to expect to get some time at first base. The deal will likely have serious ramifications (short and long-term) for at least two current players -- and maybe more...

What happens to Juan Lagares?

The Mets have been open to trading Lagares, who is owed $6.5 million this coming season and $9 million in 2019. And the acquisition of Bruce gives them a full outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto (when he returns), and Bruce from left to right...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's risky for the Mets to not acquire another outfielder. Duh, right? But it's so much more than that. Here are three reasons why the Mets' need for an outfielder is so glaring:

Michael Conforto is still recovering from his shoulder injury

Conforto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and his injury is a punch to the gut that I don't need to re-live. He's supposed to be the kid who can be placed anywhere in the outfield without us having to worry. He got experience in center field last season just for this reason. But the Mets are likely not going to have him on the roster when the season begins, and we're not sure for how long after that...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterHappy second week of 2018, Mets fans. I wish I had more to report, but things have been quiet both in terms of on the field news. I'm happy to sit here and ramble about my week, though, but none of you care about that. I do hope that you all have survived the below-freezing temperatures and the bomb cyclone (aka blizzard).

Now on to the Mets...

Josh Smoker showed much excitement over Travis d'Arnaud. It's rare to see excitement over TdA, so this was obviously important to note...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo, who hit .260/.379/.418 with five HR, 11 doubles, and 21 RBI in 69 games last season, lists his power and pitch-selection as things he wants to work on heading into the 2018 season.

"I think things I can work on are power, average, and then obviously I think I can get better at swinging at more good pitches consistently," Nimmo told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "I felt like curveballs are something I can hop on a bit more."

Nimmo, who saw regular playing time from August through the end of the season, also talked about improving his first-step quickness in the outfield and when it comes to stealing bases.

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 (Teddy Aviles)
(Teddy Aviles)

The Mets are hosting their annual Holiday party for local children at Citi Field this afternoon.

Santa Claus is being played by Brandon Nimmo.

His elves are Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, and Jerry Blevins.

Click below for photo

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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer 00:00:41
Brandon Nimmo pulls a fly ball just fair of the right field foul pole and over the wall for a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In his last 16 games, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is hitting .308 with a .433 OBP, 12 walks, three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored.

"I take a lot of pride in my whole game," Nimmo said after Wednesday's loss, during which he hit a solo home run. "A part of my game is getting on base. I feel like I command the zone pretty well … and I am proud of that."

Nimmo has swung at 16.5 percent of pitches thrown to him outside of the strike zone, which is the fifth-best percentage in baseball. He ranks eighth best on pitches thrown in the strike zone...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:05
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed five runs in four innings to suffer his second straight loss after winning three straight. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, two walks and struck out two. 

2) Erik Goeddel retired one batter in the eighth and allowed three home runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 56th. Justin Bour went deep for the second straight night off Montero in the third.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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