MILWAUKEE — Brandon Nimmo could not be stopped. The left fielder reached base a career-high five times Thursday night. He had a career-high four hits and a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.
Nimmo doubled twice, hit his fourth triple and beat out an infield single. It was exactly what Mickey Callaway needed to see from his lineup Thursday.
“I think that the extra-base hits are coming. The doubles tonight, the homers (the other night),” the Mets manager said of what has impressed him about the fill-in outfielder. “When you have a guy who can be as patient as he can be and walk and then also hit extra-base hits, turns into a really valuable player.”
Nimmo sparked a sluggish offense, which concerned Callaway enough to call a meeting of his coaches before the game. Heading into the series-opener, the Mets had scored the second fewest runs in the majors in the month of May.
“The coaches and I had a meeting about just that today again to try and figure out some ways, I think in the past here it’s kind of been wait around and the streaks will come,” the first-year manager said Thursday afternoon. “We talked about that being a challenge to everybody in the clubhouse. We have the hitters we have. Jay Bruce has a great track record of putting up numbers, but he can still improve.”
Bruce doubled in the ninth and Callaway said he saw improvement in his approach. The skipper thinks there was some evidence that his meeting produced results in the 13-hit performance.
“I think that guys stayed on the ball a little bit more and when you do that, good things happen,” Callaway said. “We had about four or five guys really take some good at-bats tonight. Even Jay Bruce, his last few at bats were really good.”
But a streaky hitter throughout his career — except last season — Bruce isn’t going to suddenly change his stripes. And a team constructed on streaky power hitters isn’t going to become a lineup that manufactures runs.