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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.