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.
Nimmo hasn't started since Michael Conforto returned from the disabled list, and the Mets' crowded outfield also features Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Juan Lagares.
"It's a challenge to get him out there," Callaway said. "Our outfield is one of the best in the major leagues as far as I'm concerned. We have some really good hitters out there already, and to try and get at-bats for Nim and Lagares is tough.''
That, however, hasn't changed Nimmo's outlook on his approach or how strong he feels the team is.
"What's special about this team, if you talk to a lot of the guys around here, it's the most talented team they've played on," Nimmo said. "So yeah, that makes at-bats hard to come by, but that also makes a World Series a very plausible thing. ... How many opportunities do you get to do that? I want to be part of a World Series team. And if that means I need to come off the bench and put up a good at-bat for a pinch hit or whatever, it may be then that's what I'm going to do."