Brandon Nimmo's three-hit return 'gave a little bit more life' to Mets in win over Yankees

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Brandon Nimmo sprints home blue road jersey rainy day
Brandon Nimmo sprints home blue road jersey rainy day

Prior to Saturday, Brandon Nimmo hadn’t played in a major league since May 2, so it was fair to expect a little bit off rust from the outfielder as he returned from his finger injury.

Instead, though, Nimmo wasted no time by bursting back onto the scene with a 3-for-6 day with two runs scored as the Mets thumped the Yankees 8-3 in the Bronx.

Even Nimmo himself was a bit surprised by his three-hit return to action.

“I definitely did surprise myself,” Nimmo said with a laugh. “I was going up there just planning to grind it out and do the best I could and try to be the gritty me and try to just grind out at-bats, but it worked out. I got the barrel to a couple balls and then actually missed the barrel on one and got a base hit, and that’s the way baseball works.

“Yeah, I did surprise myself a little bit, but I was really, really glad to help, be able to get on base, be able to create some traffic for the guys, and the guys really came through with some big hits. So, it was a very good surprise.”

Having Nimmo back at the top of the lineup certainly gave the Mets’ starting nine a different feel, and it paid dividends right away.

And for a Mets offense that has struggled to score runs this season, having a spark at the top like Nimmo could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

“I also think that there’s something to like a little bit of change, a little bit of something new, and that sometimes spices things up a little bit, and I think it kind of gave a little bit more life to the guys,” Nimmo said. “They appreciate being around me and I appreciate being around them. I think it was just something new, and then when I was able to get on base that first time, it was kind or more of a ‘Here we go. Let’s get this going’ kind of thing.

“I honestly am wondering if it wasn’t just a little something new that kind of sparked us today.”

And while Nimmo is known around the game for having an elite eye and plate discipline, manager Luis Rojas knows that Nimmo is aggressive when he gets hits pitch, and he believes No. 9’s aggressive mindset made a huge impact in the Mets’ win Saturday.

“He did today what we expect him to do, getting on base. And not necessarily via walks. He came out swinging,” Rojas said. “As much as you can say that Brandon has patience … I don’t think so. He’s aggressive and he showed it today. He’s going to be aggressive with the pitch that he’s looking for. If it’s not that pitch, he’s going to take it, and I think he ran into that pitch three times, that’s why he got the three hits. Got us going. There was connection, and he was the one that led to it.

“I think Nimmo’s performance was the difference in us just rallying for the runs that we scored.”