RANDOM METS THOUGHTS by Tom Brennan
One more day to cross of the calendar and we'll be in September.
Here are a few random thoughts:
SETH LUGO - is there still time for Rookie of the Year, or Cy Young? OK, that's a bit much, but how about Lifesaver of the Year. Huge games at the right time for the former 34th rounder.
GRANDY CAN - I have criticized his performance this year on a number of occasions, but the guy might still hit 30 after his 2 homers have him 22 with a month to go. Nuts, man. I noted recently how well he has done in his first at bat in games this year, and how poorly afterwards. His first at bat last night was not leading off, but pinch hitting, and he parked it. Maybe he can be our Rusty Staub or Ed Kranepool pinch hitting from here on out.
JOSE REYES - I strongly advocated for giving him a MEA MAXIMA CULPA over his family issue and signing him. He has been nothing short of incredible since returning. Many categorized him as in decline. I saw an unhappy guy still in his prime who might blossom in friendly environs. Yep. Move of the year.
CONFORTO AND NIMMO - both are crushing AAA pitching since being demoted:
Conforto in 16 starts has hit .493/.541/.821, making him .422 in his Vegas games this year. He'll be just fine when he returns.
Nimmo hit his 10th and 11th the past 2 games, and in 19 August games, is crushing it at .407/.478/.667, lifting his season to .351/.424/.550, despite an April which ended with a slug % of .315. Since the start of May, he has a huge .623 slug %. That .351 leads the PCL, also.
So it would seem Conforto and Nimmo will be highly useful call-ups in Sept. Hey, call up Taijeron, too. Maybe there is a pinch hit homer against a lefty in his bat, too.
GAVIN CECCHINI- now has 13 hits in his last 4 games. That is not a typo -13. He is up to .330. In a hobbled NY Mets infield, I'd call him up for September, too. Even Matt Reynolds, quiet with the bat most of the year, has been hot of late. Call him up, all hands on deck.
Have a good day, people.