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?