The Gnats took three of four from Greenville over the weekend to finish up a road trip to Asheville and Greenville at 5-2.
Brandon Nimmo had a hitless weekend, going 0-for-10 Friday-Sunday with seven strikeouts Saturday and Sunday, but he drew four walks Friday and one Saturday to get on base five times. The 20-year-old is now hitting .249/.367/.332 with an eye-popping 108 strikeouts in 80 games. The strikeouts have really become a problem in the second half: he fanned 48 times in 42 games in the first half, but 60 times (against 26 walks) as part of a .187/.323/.230 line in 38 games in the second half.
Ok, this is pretty bizarre. The official box score from Sunday’s game shows Nimmo 0-for-5 with 4 K. The game video from Greenville clearly has him going 1-for-3 with a strikeout and two walks. The single was a liner into center. I do not have the slightest clue how that could happen.
Friday night, Matt Koch (pictured) took a line drive off his head in the second inning. He was hospitalized overnight and placed on the team’s disabled list. I’ll have more on this in the next week.
DL Time/Roster Movement
SS Philip Evans was placed on the disabled list again, for the second time this year, with a lower back strain. He had been 0-for-12 in his last four games before the DL trip as part of a .245/.293/.321 line in 17 games in July.
With Koch out, the Mets promoted Jacob Lugo from Brooklyn. He was sharp on Sunday: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. Lugo was ok in the New York Penn League: 4.19 ERA in 34.1 innings with 27 strikeouts against 13 walks. It’s telling of course that the Mets did not move any of the Brooklyn starters with better ERAs like Rob Gsellman (2.09), Miller Diaz (2.34), or John Gant (2.47) because after all, the Cyclones have a pennant to win. As long as we’re on the subject, Akeel Morris has a 0.66 ERA and 36 strikeouts against 13 walks in 27.1 innings in the NYP>
After the Mets skipped Steven Matz the last time through the rotation he can back and was awfully hittable on Saturday: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
The Gnats will start Luis Cessa and Gabriel Ynoa the next two nights.