Brandon Nimmo homered twice and had four hits and a career-high four RBIs in support of Jacob deGrom as the Mets rolled to their third straight win, 12-2, against the Rockies on Monday night at Coors Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Nimmo led off the game with an inside-the-park home run, singled in the fifth and went deep again in the seventh for the second multi-homer game of his career. He added a two-run single during the Mets' six-run ninth inning to match his career high with four hits. He became the first Met to hit an inside-the-park homer since Ruben Tejada on Sept. 2, 2015. Nimmo's 10 home runs since May 23 are tied with Seattle's Nelson Cruz and Houston's Evan Gattis for the most in the Majors.
2) The Mets homered four times and pounded out 15 hits, their largest total since collecting 15 against the Braves on May 28. Wilmer Flores went deep for the first time since May 8, Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run shot and drove in three runs, and Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Amed Rosario doubled twice among his three hits and drove in two runs. The 12 runs were the most New York has scored since May 15.
3) DeGrom (5-2) allowed two runs -- one earned -- over a season-high tying eight innings to snap a five-start winless streak. The right-hander walked one, struck out seven and lowered his National League-best ERA to 1.51. It was the 10th time in 11 starts he has allowed one earned run or fewer and the 12th time in 15 outings this season.
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Jacob deGrom was his typical self and the Mets' offense scored a month's worth of runs to finally support their ace, but tonight's game was all about Brandon Nimmo. Four hits, four RBIs, two homers, including an inside-the-park job, and a growing confidence as we watch a player blossom before our eyes.
The numbers for Nimmo over the last three-plus weeks are ridiculous. He's batting .323 with 10 homers, 17 RBIs and 20 runs scored over a 25-game span. Overall, the former first-round pick is hitting .287/.410/.603 with 26 extra-base hits through 60 games. And, oh yeah, he was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas for a brief period in early April.
It's been said repeatedly that Nimmo plays the game with a passion and love which makes him so easy to root for. Even prior to putting up All-Star worthy numbers, he was a fan-favorite at Citi Field. The one question surrounding Nimmo was if he'd hit enough home runs to be a true offensive asset as an outfielder. He's always had a good eye at the plate and an ability to make contact, but the power had yet to emerge through his minor league career. Now it has, and it's truly a pleasure to watch.
News and notes...
The Mets have won three in a row for the second time since their nine-game winning streak ended on April 13 and for the third time this season. They earned their first victory in four tries against the Rockies this season and improved to 3-5 on their 10-game road trip.
New York has homered 15 times in its last 10 games and 29 times in its last 23.
Nimmo became the third Met to hit an inside-the-park home run to lead off a game and the first since Angel Pagan in 2009. Charlie Neal (1963) was the other player to do so. Nimmo's 12 home runs are more than he has hit at any stop in his professional career. His previous career high was 11 in 92 games and 397 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2016. He had six Major League roundtrippers coming into this season.
DeGrom improved to 4-0 with a 1.02 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies. In those outings, Colorado is hitting .150 (23-for-153) against the right-hander.
New York scored as many runs in the ninth inning on Monday night as it had in deGrom's last five starts combined.
The Mets (31-38) look to make it four in a row as they take on the Rockies (34-38) on Tuesday night at Coors Field at 8:30 p.m. on SNY.
Jason Vargas (2-5, 7.39 ERA/5.58 FIP, 32 K, 1.698 WHIP) toes the rubber in the second game of the series after allowing three runs over five innings against the Diamondbacks last Thursday. The southpaw has a 3.91 ERA over his previous five outings after posting a 13.86 mark in his first three starts of 2018. Vargas is 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five career appearances against the Rockies. He has not faced Colorado since 2014.
German Marquez (4-7, 5.13 ERA/4.76 FIP, 74 Ks, 1.480 WHIP) looks to return to the form that saw him post a 3.34 ERA in five starts in May. The 23-year-old has struggled to an 8.44 ERA through three outings this month, which includes seven home runs allowed in 16 innings. Marquez limited the Mets to two runs while striking out eight over six innings to pick up the win at Citi Field on May 4. He has a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against New York.