For whatever reason manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to name Sean Marshall the Reds’ new closer after Ryan Madson went down, saying: “You just don’t throw somebody in that role.”
Marshall made it very clear that he wanted the job and his excellent performance during the past two seasons made it equally clear that he deserves the opportunity, and yesterday Baker finally relented.
Marshall, who’s been one of the elite setup men in baseball, will take over ninth-inning duties and Aroldis Chapman will be a setup man after plans for his potential move to the rotation were scrapped yesterday.
By this time next year there’s a good chance Marshall will be referred to as a “proven closer.”
After singling in the second inning of the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Phillies, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances. He reached base in all six plate appearances on Wednesday versus the Orioles, going 5-for-5 with two singles, two doubles, a triple, and a hit-by-pitch. Nimmo also reached base in his final three plate appearances on Tuesday against the Orioles, drawing a walk along with a single and a triple.
The record for consecutive plate appearances reaching base is 17, held by Earl Averill, Jr. (1962, Angels) and Piggy Ward (1893, Orioles/Reds).
Likely due to the Mets irrelevance this season, Nimmo has flown under the radar. After Thursday’s single, he’s hitting .265/.388/.504 with 15 home runs, 39 RBI, 65 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 412 plate appearances. Nimmo is by far the Mets’ best position player, accuring 3.3 WAR, according to Baseball Reference. Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto are far behind at 1.7 and 1.5, respectively.
Update (5:00 PM ET): Nimmo got jammed when he grounded out to end the top of the third inning and left the game. Jose Bautista took his place in left field.