The New York Mets received two things that have been missing over the last few weeks. They got a solid start from Steven Matz and their offense finally broke through to put a team away. The Mets offensive attack was spearheaded by the bat of Brandon Nimmo.
Steven Matz averaged 4.5 innings per start and had an ERA of 4.42 going into last night. Matz gave the Mets six shutout innings and escaped out of jams the same way Jacob deGrom did in his start. He kept the Milwaukee Brewers from getting an extra base hit and pitched into the sixth inning for the second time this season.
The Mets needed the back of the rotation to pitch better and the starts from Matz and Jason Vargas, give the Mets hope that things are changing. The back end of the rotation does not need to be a trio of aces like the Houston Astros have. Matz, Vargas and Zack Wheeler just have to go out, compete and give the Mets a chance to win. A positive sign for the Mets is their starters have thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings (Wheeler, deGrom, Matz).
Nimmo Carries the Offense Again
Brandon Nimmo has been dynamite out of the leadoff spot and he showed it again last night. He got on base all five times he went to hit and came a home run shy of the cycle. Not only is Nimmo getting on base at a terrific rate, but he has a .991 on base plus slugging percentage. If Nimmo qualified for the league leaders, he would be seventh in the big leagues. This puts him in the same company as Jose Ramirez, Kris Bryant and Aaron Judge. He certainly does not match their power, but he is an example of a different way to be a dangerous hitter.
With Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares missing an extended period of time, Nimmo has been irreplaceable in the Mets lineup. The is no doubt he has had the best season of any Mets outfielder so far. If he keeps up the pace, there is no doubt that Nimmo deserves to continue to see everyday action when Cespedes returns. He has certainly shown a lot of promise as a future leadoff hitter for the Mets.
The Mets look to make it back to back wins as the send Noah Syndergaard to the mound tonight to take on the Brewers.