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Mets Morning News: Blinding Nimmo

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets earned their third shutout victory of the season and second in four days, besting the Brewers 5-0 behind six innings from Steven Matz and a huge day for Brandon Nimmo. Starting in left field, the 25-year-old reached base in all five plate appearances, stroking two doubles and a triple and walking once. Paul Sewald followed Matz’s four-hit, three-walk effort with two shutout frames of his own, and Jacob Rhame worked around a leadoff single in the ninth.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday, BP Mets, MLB.com, Bergen Record.

Todd Frazier made strides in his journey back to his perch at third base, running for the first time since landing on the DL, taking batting practice, and fielding grounders.

Despite Jeurys’ Familia’s having blown four saves already this season, manager Mickey Callaway’s confidence in the closer has yet to waver.

Still, the Post’s Kevin Kernan argued Callaway should throw some save opportunities in the directions of Seth Lugo and the soon-to-return Anthony Swarzak.

Yesterday, top Mets prospect Andres Gimenez went 3-for-3 with a walk for St. Lucie to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He also swiped three bases.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop extolled the virtues of Atlanta’s surprisingly potent offense.

If you ever find yourself in the market for some Marlins-centric GIFs, Fish Stripes has got you covered.

The Good Phight broke down the game of Joey Bart, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech catcher who’ll likely get drafted in the top 10 of the upcoming draft.

Juan Soto has been impressive early in his Nationals tenure. But with key players set to return from injury, is he long for the big league roster?

Around Major League Baseball

Yesterday was Bartolo Colon’s birthday, so FTW compiled some crazy facts about him, mostly regarding how old he is.

Commissioned by the league, scientists concluded MLB balls have changed, contributing to the recent home run spike. But, bafflingly, they couldn’t pinpoint how the balls have changed.

The Astros pitching staff’s dominance so far in 2018 has been historic.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Speaking of elite pitching, Jacob deGrom is off to one of the best starts ever for a Mets hurler.

Jorge Eckhardt also celebrated Bartolo’s 45th birthday, looking back on his glorious Mets tenure.

Aaron Yorke wondered if the team’s signing of Jose Bautista could actually pay off.

With the bullpen success of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, Matt Varvaro questioned why more back-end starters don’t embrace relief roles.

On yesterday’s Amazin’ Avenue Audio, the gang discussed Bautista, starting pitching, and minor league prospects.

This Date in Mets History

In 1979, after playing the eventual World Series champion Pirates to a 3-3 draw through 11 innings, the Mets and the Bucs saw the contest called due to extreme fog.