Brandon Nimmo will be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies, manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game.
Nimmo, who drew a walk in his only plate appearance on Thursday, is hitting .294/.467/.529 in 20 games (45 plate appearances) this season.
Despite his tremendous production earlier this season, Nimmo has been the victim of a crowded outfield situation lately, and has started just two of the last 14 games.
The Mets, who have been shut out in back-to-back games, have scored more than three runs just three times in their last 10 games.
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With the Mets' offense sputtering, Nimmo needs to be playing regularly at this point -- no matter what the Mets need to do to get him in the lineup.
Jay Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and is expected to start at least one game at first base this weekend. Beyond that, he's 1-for-11 over his last three games and has hit just one homer since April 5. He is the most logical option to either be shifted to first base or receive days off in order to make room for Nimmo.
Meanwhile, Michael Conforto has seen his average dip from .250 on April 18 to .200 after Thursday's game. And while he's gotten on base at a .367 clip, he hasn't been hitting for power -- with just one extra-base hit since April 11.
Aside from Nimmo, the Mets need to find at-bats for Juan Lagares (hitting .333 with a .383 OBP).
The Mets need to be proactive right now, and the main focus has to be getting Nimmo in there. If/when all of the outfielders start performing up to their capabilities, they'll have a good problem on their hands -- and can reassess at that point.