Mets’ Brandon Nimmo not looking ahead to playoffs

Brandon Nimmo was home in Wyoming watching on television as the Mets assembled their postseason run in 2015 that ended with a loss to the Royals in the World Series. 

The following year, Nimmo, as a rookie, was in the home dugout at Citi Field, but not on the roster when Conor Gillaspie homered against Jeurys Familia, sinking the Mets in their wild-card game appearance against the Giants. 

Almost six years later Nimmo is the Mets’ longest-tenured player without a postseason appearance. Jacob deGrom has been here longer, but appeared in the 2015 postseason and was a significant factor for the team. Seth Lugo joined the Mets a few days after Nimmo in 2016 and also hasn’t appeared in the postseason. 

Now Nimmo finds himself in the unfamiliar position of entering the stretch run for a team that owns a comfortable hold on a postseason berth. On occasion his mind wanders toward the possibility of electric October nights. But then reality sets in. The Mets still have to finish the job. 

“You can get complacent, but I think we know that these next two weeks are pretty important,” Nimmo said Friday before the Mets lost 2-1 to the Phillies in 10 innings. “We have the Phillies, Braves, Phillies again and then we have the Yankees, so this is a nice little stretch we have got here. If you were to let up off the throttle, things could go badly quickly.” 

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo has not yet played in a playoff game.

The Mets were reminded how quickly Friday night, as Jeff McNeil and Eduardo Escobar departed the game with injuries. McNeil received stitches for a right thumb laceration, according to manager Buck Showalter, and Escobar had left side tightness and was to undergo imaging. 

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