The Gnats and GreenJackets were rained out of a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday nights, but settled for two games on Sunday. They’ll try for two again on Monday with 60% chances of rain every hour beginning at 4 pm.
When they actually played baseball on Sunday, Brandon Nimmo continued his very strong August: he was 1-for-4 with an RBI single in game one with a pair of strikeouts and a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI (and no strikeouts) in game two. His 3-for-6 day raised his August line to .358/.514/.491 with 15 BB and 16 K in 16 games. His .358 batting average in August is his highest in any month this year. Moreover, his secondary skills are his best as well, with his close to 1:1 K/BB ratio, his lower strikeout rate, and .133 isolated slugging percentage, which would be his best in any month in 2013. Overall, his .760 OPS is the highest it has been since June 24th.
Sunday, the GreenJackets picked up two unearned runs against Steven Matz in the first inning and then three earned against him in the fifth as part of a five-run frame. Matz left the bases loaded with no one in the fifth, and Tyler Vanderheiden allowed all three runners to score. Matz’s line: 4 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. It was Matz’s first start in nine days, as the Mets and Gnats try to manage his innings down the stretch to get him a start in the playoffs. Given his layoff, his control struggles are somewhat understandable and even when he has thrown regularly, he has fought his control at times this year. He’s sitting at 95 innings right now, and the goal was to get him to 100 or 105. At this point, given his command problems on nine days rest, I’d just like to see him start twice more on regular rest and call it a year. If that leaves him with a playoff start, so much the better. If not, well, he’s had a productive season developmentally without the “tension” of a SAL playoff game.