Before Wednesday’s matchup with the Phillies, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he feels close to getting back to normal.
His 10th-inning homer that delivered the Mets a 3-0 walk-off win over the Phillies and a split of their four-game series at Citi Field, indicates he was right.
Pinch hitting for reliever Robert Gsellman, Nimmo smacked the first pitch he saw into the stands beyond center field. He said his swing on the ball was so true, he couldn’t even feel it off his bat.
“You’re just floating, it’s hard to describe. All the hairs on the back of your neck are standing up,” Nimmo said. “I was just extremely elated, it’s no secret I’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks. It was a really good feeling. Now I know how [Wilmer Flores] feels all the time.”
When manager Mickey Callaway was asked about Nimmo’s extravagant reaction as he hurled around the bases, he admitted he wasn’t surprised.
“That’s him after a walk … so we kind of saw the same thing,” Callaway said. “He obviously brings energy everywhere he goes and that was great to see. He kind of needed that because of where he was at. Big homer for him.”
Nimmo has registered six hits through 10 games in July, and he had drawn a blank at the plate in his previous two contests. It was decided that the 25-year-old would not be in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
He was told the decision was to give him a day of rest, which he said he understood given his past few games. A mental day is what the Mets’ coaches hoped to give Nimmo, but he still had his sights set on what he could do to help out in the matchup with the Phillies.
“They told me to rest, take a mental day as well and then obviously I’ll be ready to pinch hit or whatever they need during the game,” Nimmo said beforehand. “I’m the type of personality that’s always going to go, go, go. So sometimes you need some people to maybe pull the reins back on you a little bit.”
After leaving in the sixth inning against the Dodgers on June 24 with a pinky injury that prompted an MRI exam, Nimmo found it difficult to get back into the pace of the game. And when the success he had been looking for didn’t come right away, he fell further into a slump.
He said he turned to his mechanics to try and get back on track which, in his opinion, only hindered his offensive rhythm more. Wednesday night, he was just looking for a good pitch to hit.
“For the fans that stayed out and that keep coming out, it’s fun to get wins like this just to keep some positivity going forward and try to create some momentum going forward,” Nimmo said. “It’s definitely a night I’ll never forget, Its very surreal, I’m still in shock.”
Before the game, Nimmo said he and the Mets both know what he is capable of. Even though he had registered a walk-off home run with Triple-A Las Vegas, this one meant a lot more.
“A wise man, Jay Bruce, once told me that it doesn’t count unless it’s in the big leagues,” Nimmo said. “So we’ll just say that this is the first one, because it was the first one in the big leagues.”
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