6/24/16

NIMMO AND CONFORTO by Tom Brennan

12 comments
NIMMO AND CONFORTO by Tom Brennan


Just a short question to bandy about - should the Mets temporarily send Michael Conforto down and bring Brandon Nimmo up?


I love Conforto - a keeper and future star - but he is a bit banged up and has hit a wall.  He is 21 for his last 140 in May and June (.150), with a .215 OBP after a dazzling April start.  His lack of hitting has really hurt the Mets since their 20-11 start.


Nimmo, conversely, got off to a powerless 10 for 55 start, but is a tremendous 71 for 190 (.374) since, with a robust 26 extra base hits over that stretch in hitting-super-friendly AAA.


I would send Conforto down, reluctantly, and let him heal a bit and get revived by joining the AAA hitting party (Vegas is hitting over .300 since the slow first few weeks of the season - nice to surround him with homewreckers).  It should take pressure off, get him restarted, be short-term, and get him back here as a starting OF to face the best pitchers in baseball once again.


Nimmo deserves a chance.  He can't hit worse than .150 over 140 at bats with the Mets, certainly.  I would only not try this if management wanted to not expose him at the major league level prior to a July trade.


If that is the case, Ty Kelly, hitting right where he left off in Vegas before his failed cameo with the Mets, is available.


But I would try strikeout machine power ball Travis Taijeron instead.  Travis, in friendly Vegas, is hitting .310 with an amazing 29 doubles and 12 homers in about 70 games with 64 RBIs (not a typo).  Maybe Travis comes in and bangs some extra base hits for the Mets (he has averaged an XBH every 8 ABs in minor league career). 


But take the pressure off Michael Conforto - no shame to a breather in AAA.  He will be a star.  It is okay.


What does everyone think?

12 comments:

Reese Kaplan said...

They should have done it two weeks ago. I think it's more damaging to his ego to have him fail on a nightly basis than it is to get a mental breather and rev up his game again in the friendly confines of Las Vegas.

Thomas Brennan said...

Couldn't agree more, Reese. And it would be one thing if he was getting sent down to a weak team in a tough hitting environment. Vegas has to be a whole lot better than a Get Well card for a hitter.

Gary Seagren said...

Our problem is we're using logic here and their not. For ownership it's all about dollars and cents instead of being about dollars and "sense" AND we were told WINNING the WS is our only goal this year. Totally agree with Reese as the head scratching moves never end from this ridiculous "day to day" nonsense regarding the DL which of course leaves us short handed seemingly every game to the lineup construction from our esteemed manager to the frustration of being a fan of this team...O.K. I've vented enough for today and can't of course wait for tonight's lineup to be posted...stay tuned.

Thomas Brennan said...

Gary, it is good to let off steam!

Thomas Brennan said...

Gary, it is good to let off steam!

Gary Seagren said...

Amen Tom. 54 years is alot of steam LOL

Thomas Brennan said...

Same 54 for me, more steam than NYC steam pipes. A world series win would be the perfect pressure relief valve. We always thought Reyes would get us there. Maybe he will

Adam Smith said...

Should definitely have happened two weeks ago. I have a feeling they're trying to give him until the All Star break. Let's hope he's not broken by then. On the bright side, I sense that waiting for the break indicates that Nimmo is the guy they'd want to replace him with, and that they're trying to get him a few more weeks in AAA before making that move, if necessary.

Adam Smith said...

Well, here comes Nimmo. Conforto to Vegas.

Thomas Brennan said...

Looks like they took my timely advice again LOL. May both gents prosper.

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Robb said...

Holy crap. you go away for one long weekend and the world goes crazy. this was the right move. couldnt bring nimmo up without playing him everyday. couldnt send conforto down until he really needed it.

so nimmo in center for two weeks?

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