Mets Game Preview: (7/9/21) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (32-54)

After thunderstorms canceled the first game between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, they will attempt to get in Friday’s game to start their final series before the All-Star break. Rain is once again looming in the forecast, but the game should be able to get started in Queens. The first pitch from Citi Field is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Getting Brandon Nimmo back in the lineup was exactly what the Mets needed as they have a table-setter at the top of the order. Since returning, Nimmo is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles and has been in the middle of every Mets rally. For the Mets, combining seven straight games against the Pirates and the horrible NL East gives them a good opportunity to create more separation in the division.

The rebuilding Pirates have played much better of late. They have won three of their last four games and took their last series from the Atlanta Braves. Bryan Reynolds has been a bright spot by hitting .305 with 15 homers and 48 runs batted in. Potential trade target Adam Frazier is also having a solid season, leading the team and fourth in MLB with a .326 batting average.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker looks to finish his All-Star caliber season on a good note and lower his 2.44 ERA. He continued his dominance in his last start against the New York Yankees, where he pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs and holding a no-hitter through the first five innings. Walker is also a potential replacement to take Jacob deGrom’s spot on the All-Star team.

JT Brubaker is the Pirates starter and has been the best one for a team that has very few quality starters. He has a 4.08 ERA in 15 starts this season, but his biggest issue is the home run. Brubaker has allowed 16 of them this season and is coming off a start where he allowed three to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mets Game Preview: (7/3/21) @ New York Yankees (41-39)

After Friday night’s downpour pushed back the start of 2021’s Subway Series, the New York Mets and New York Yankees play the first of three games. The first pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET from Yankee Stadium as both teams look to get out of the slides they are in.

After their tough back-to-back losses against the Atlanta Braves, a day off might have been the best thing to clear the mind before heading into the Bronx. They also got healthy bodies back as Jeurys Familia and Brandon Nimmo are officially back with the active roster. Nimmo has always enjoyed hitting against the Yankees Stadium with a 1.007 OPS in 13 games against the crosstown rivals.

The Yankees have dealt with plenty since their ugly loss against the Los Angeles Angels, where they allowed seven runs in the ninth to blow the games. Aroldis Chapman has an ERA over ten since he gave up his first run of the season in late May. Gary Sanchez is coming off an incredible June where he .289 with eight home runs after a slow first two months.

Pitching Matchups

Taijuan Walker makes his 15th start of the season as he takes the mound for the Mets. Walker was once again brilliant in his last start and would have pitched even better if he could get Aaron Nola out. He pitched five innings, allowing three hits, one run, and struck out five. Walker is ninth in the NL with his 2.38 ERA but allowed seven runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings at Yankee Stadium last season.

Jordan Montgomery starts for the Yankees and has been a consistent arm in a year with nothing behind Gerrit Cole. In 15 starts, he has a 4.06 ERA and has done great at limiting walks with just 2.5 walks per nine innings. Montgomery battled through six innings, holding the Boston Red Sox to three runs on eight hits.

Matchups To Lookout For

Taijuan Walker vs. Rougned Odor: 6-for-13 (.462), Home Run, 2 Strikeouts

Jordan Montgomery vs. Kevin Pillar: 2-for-11 (.182), 3 Strikeouts

Mets offer positive injury update on outfielder Brandon Nimmo

New York Mets, Brandon Nimmo

It’s not a secret that the New York Mets have had to remake their roster due to an unprecedented rash of injuries that forced the team to place, at one point a few weeks ago, 17 players on the injured list. That, however, has paved the way for sudden stars such as Billy McKinney to shine with the club.

One of those injured outfielders is Brandon Nimmo. The Mets’ usual leadoff hitter, he has had to see the games from afar with a hand/finger issue he suffered on a swing a few weeks ago, one that he hasn’t been able to shake off.

Mets manager Luis Rojas confirmed yesterday before the game against the San Diego Padres that Nimmo has received “second and third” opinions on his finger injury, and found out that he’s actually dealing with a small ligament tear instead of a nerve issue, as was initially reported.

The Mets’ leadoff hitter still has no firm timetable

Mets’ beat writer Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that the center fielder is expected to resume a rehab assignment at some point next week, but there is, according to SNY, no firm timetable for his return given that he will need to swing the bat with no discomfort and then take several at-bats with the minor league affiliates.

The Mets did say the injury will heal by itself, so surgery won’t be necessary. Nimmo should be back within the next 2-3 weeks as an estimate.

The Mets do miss Nimmo’s on-base prowess at the top of the lineup. Before hitting the injured list, he was hitting .318/.430/.439 with a homer and a 151 weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+, in 22 games and 80 plate appearances. He had also stolen two bases.

Nimmo will return to a now-crowded Mets outfield that includes McKinney, Dominic Smith, Kevin Pillar, and depending on their evolution from their own injuries, Michael Conforto and Albert Almora Jr.

FOCO Releases New York Mets Cookie Club Bobblehead Series

FOCO is releasing a new limited edition New York Mets Cookie Club Bobblehead Series to commemorate the closest group of teammates in baseball. The first series of bobbleheads feature Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and the newest Met, Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco.

There are 221 of the unique bobbleheads on sale. Each one features a player in their trademark pose and on top of a cookie. Each bobblehead is just $50, and it is your best way to see them as all of them are battling injuries at the moment. This is just the first series of the fantastic collection; Mets fans make sure to keep an eye out for the next batch of wonderful bobbleheads.

Mets: Brandon Nimmo suffers setback, JD Davis return around the corner

The New York Mets have been playing without their leadoff hitter and regular center fielder Brandon Nimmo for a while, as he is nursing a bone bruise in his left index finger. They are doing OK without him, recently winning seven straight games before seeing their streak snapped on Friday, but they need him for the long haul if they want to make some noise come October.

The Mets had been hoping to have Nimmo back for the weekend, starting on Friday, as he took some at-bats with the team’s minor league affiliates.

However, he suffered a setback in his recovery, as he is still bothered by the injury and can’t bat as he normally would.

According to the Mets’ official site, in his last at-bat for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Nimmo felt pain in the finger. That’s what manager Luis Rojas told the media, and now his return has been pushed back until further notice.

Nimmo didn’t play for Syracuse on Friday night, as he is going to get treatment and receive more tests to see if the initial diagnosis got worse or if he could resume his rehab after a rest day or two.

The Mets miss Nimmo but could get Davis back this weekend

Before getting hurt, Nimmo was having a highly productive season for the Mets, hitting .318/.430/.439 with a homer and a couple of stolen bases, plus improved defense out there in center field, which was one of his main weaknesses last year.

Nimmo could resume the rehab assignment on Saturday. “That was one of the reasons why him and us wanted him to take at-bats before joining the team, just so he could test it,” Rojas said. “He did the high velo machine but still wanted to do it live against pitchers.”

The Mets could have JD Davis back this weekend, though, so at least there are some good news on the injury front.

“J.D. did high velo today, felt better. We’re still aiming at tomorrow (Saturday), but still gotta give us the feedback after hitting off the high velo machine,” Rojas said. “So we can be in a good place to probably activate him tomorrow or the next day.”

Mets: JD Davis won’t be back when first eligible, another outfielder hits the IL while Nimmo nears rehab assignment

The New York Mets are on fire, winning seven games in a row and taking over the first place in the National League East division. Yet, they are a bit shorthanded at the moment, missing starters Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, and Noah Syndergaard, plus regular center fielder Brandon Nimmo.

To make matters worse, third baseman JD Davis, whose ten days on the injured list were up Wednesday, still isn’t ready to return per Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, and will need a little bit of extra time on the shelf.

Davis, who has been out since May 2 due to a sprained left finger, will presumably need at least another week of rest and rehab.

Davis was among the Mets’ best hitters prior to hitting the injured list for the second time this season, with a .390 batting average, five runs, two homers, seven RBI, and a 1.089 OPS. Jonathan Villar has been playing third base in his absence, and scored the winning run on Tuesday.

The Mets lost Almora Jr., too

In addition, center fielder Albert Almora Jr. crashed into an outfield wall on Tuesday at full speed and suffered a left shoulder contusion, requiring a trip to the 10-day injured list. Top prospect Khalil Lee was called up to take his place.

As for Nimmo, who is nursing a left finger contusion, the Mets are planning to send him ‘on a rehab assignment before he is activated from the IL, per Luis Rojas,’ according to SNY’s Danny Abriano. The outfielder is eligible to return Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but it appears he will need a few more days just like Davis.

Despite the fact they are missing so many contributors, the Mets have managed to keep themselves afloat and win game after game. Next week, they could get deGrom, Davis, and Nimmo back, with others to follow them in the not-so-distant future.

Mets’ injury issues deepen as starting outfielder heads to the IL

The New York Mets are currently short-handed and heavily affected by injuries both on offense and pitching. Brandon Nimmo, the team starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, couldn’t recover from a finger issue and was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday.

Nimmo injured his left hand during an at-bat against Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, and while he made an appearance as a defensive substitution on Sunday, he hasn’t been able to play since.

He is joining fellow hitter JD Davis and pitcher Carlos Carrasco on the injured list. The Mets also had a couple of scares with Marcus Stroman (hamstring) and Jacob deGrom (right lat) but neither problem appears to be long-term.

As for Nimmo, the injured list placement is retroactive to May 3, so he won’t be eligible to return to the Mets before May 13.

The Mets’ outfielder felt his hand ‘exploding’

The dynamic outfielder said to the Mets’ official site that he felt that his hand “exploded” after fouling off a Wheeler fastball. Tests revealed only a left index finger bruise, but Nimmo hasn’t felt quite right since.

“I don’t think it’s going to be long-term,” Nimmo said that afternoon. “I think when we look back on this in the scheme of the season, it’s going to be a little blip. But obviously, I hate to miss any games, and it’s very, very frustrating for me because I try to prepare for these things.”

“He just still feels it,” manager Luis Rojas told MLB.com. “He’s not able to hit … so the usage is just limited.”

Nimmo was mired in a 1-for-17 slump before getting hurt, but he had been having a productive season overall. The Mets’ leadoff hitter is hitting .323 with seven runs scored, a home run, eight RBI, a couple of stolen bases and a .882 OPS.

Mets Game Preview: (4/27/21) vs. Boston Red Sox (14-9)

After getting Monday off, the New York Mets return to action at Citi Field against the Boston Red Sox. They play the first of two against a Red Sox team that has shocked many throughout baseball to begin the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Queens.

The Mets offense had its ups and downs during their series win against the Washington Nationals. They went from sinking to the bottom of the ocean to treading water enough that they could survive. J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo have continued to lead this offense, but it is slowly starting to get more help. Pete Alonso was 4-for-8 with three walks and a home run after he homered twice in Chicago. It is evident that Alonso is becoming more comfortable at the plate and starting to get into a groove.

Exceeding Expectations

The Red Sox are one of the true underdog stories in the American League. They join the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s as teams no one expected to hold first place at the end of April. Their offense leads MLB with 213 hits, 54 Doubles, a .276 batting average, and a .455 slugging percentage. All of that equals the Sox being second in runs scored in baseball. Combine all of that with average pitching, and you have their formula for success.

The big three of J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo are the key parts of their offense. All are in the top-3 in the team’s offensive categories, and Martinez is tied for the AL lead with seven home runs. Since joining the Red Sox in 2018, Martinez has only played 104 games in the outfield due to his poor defensive ability. Despite the defensive shortcomings, it is hard to keep a bat as hot as Martinez’s on the bench.

Pitching Matchup

David Peterson gets the start against the team he made his MLB debut against. Peterson started strong in his last start against the Chicago Cubs but failed to get out of the fourth inning. He allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings pitched.

Garrett Richards makes his fifth start of the season but has failed to give the Red Sox length in his first four outings. He has not pitched longer than five innings, and his inability to throw strikes is why. Richards has allowed 13 walks in 16.2 innings and has thrown just 58% of his pitches for strikes. In his last start, he threw 92 pitches, and only 48 were strikes. The Mets have the fourth-best on-base percentage in MLB, which should be a good matchup for them.

Matchups To Lookout For

Garrett Richards vs. Francisco Lindor: 1-for-8 (.125), Walk, 5 Strikeouts

David Peterson vs. Kevin Plawecki: 2-for-2 (1.000), Double

David Peterson vs. J.D. Martinez: 0-for-3 (.000), 2 Strikeouts

Mets Game Preview: (4/24/21) vs. Washington Nationals (7-10)

The New York Mets get back to business after Jacob deGrom‘s masterpiece gave them a 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals in game one of their weekend series. Two former first-round picks headline the pitching matchup for the middle game set for a 4:10 p.m. ET start from Citi Field.

The weather will be perfect for baseball once the game starts, and the Mets have desperately needed some good weather. Plenty of their games have been postponed, and the ones they have played in are usually in ugly conditions. The offense got themselves going a little bit, thanks to deGrom’s help, on Friday, and today is a good opportunity for them to break out even more.

We saw the difference getting Brandon Nimmo back at the top of the order made during last night’s game. Nimmo three hits and four RBI’s we welcomed with open arms after the Mets were 1-for-9 in the leadoff spot while he was nursing a hip injury.

As for the Nationals, they were dominated by one of the greatest pitchers of all time. deGrom had them flailing, and they went hitless for the last 19 batters that stepped to the plate. Erick Fedde gave the Nats all they could by allowing three runs in five-inning but only late 90s Pedro Martinez could have competed with deGrom last night.

Pitching Matchups

Marcus Stroman and his stellar 0.90 ERA takes the mound after hurling eight terrific innings during his last start against the Colorado Rockies. He only has 11 strikeouts in 20 innings but is in the 75th percentile in chase rate. Stroman has also been a master at limiting hard contact as batters only have a .186 wOBA against him.

Joe Ross is the Nationals starter and is coming off a horrid start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed 10 runs in 4.1 innings after having two scoreless starts to begin his season. Ross has struggled against the Mets with a 5.73 ERA in 12 games.

Matchups To Lookout For

Joe Ross vs. Michael Conforto: 6-for-13 (.462), Double, Home Run, 2 Strikeouts

Joe Ross vs. Brandon Nimmo: 5-for-7 (.714), 3 Walks, Strikeout

Marcus Stroman vs. Josh Harrison: 3-for-7 (.429), Triple, Walk, Strikeout

deGrom’s 15 K Shutout Draws MVP Chants in Mets 6-0 Win

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has exceeded any expectations the New York Mets, or their fans could have ever imagined from him. He set a new career-high with 15 strikeouts in his second career complete-game shutout to give the Mets a 6-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

deGrom had everything working from the beginning and carried it all the way to the end of his outing. He began the night by reaching 101 mph on the radar gun, then completed his outing by retiring the final 19 batters he faced. deGrom’s 50 strikeouts this season set a record for the most strikeouts in MLB history through the first four starts of a season. He even garnered MVP fans from the contingent at Citi Field.

Finally Some Help

Despite the easy victory, it looked like a typical deGrom disappointment through the first half of the game. With no one out, the Mets stranded a runner at third base in the second inning to continue their painfully bad hitting with runners in scoring position. In the fifth, deGrom got the offense going with an RBI double which was the first of his two hits on the night. The strong offensive night brought his season average to an incredible .545.

Brandon Nimmo also continued his hot hitting in his return to the lineup. He finished just a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs which helped push his average back over .400. The Mets also got an encouraging game from Michael Conforto, who had two hits, getting his average over the Mendoza line. Overall, the team left eight runners on base but went 3-for-10 w/RISP.

The victory puts the Mets back in sole possession of first place with an 8-7 record. Marcus Stroman faces Joe Ross in the second game of the series which is scheduled for a 4:10 p.m. ET start from Citi Field.