Nimmo an on-base machine as Mets cruise

Up and over Brandon Nimmo climbed, ahead of Freddie Freeman, then Mookie Betts, then Mike Trout — a triumvirate of MVP candidates bested. When he walked off the field after the Mets’ 5-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday, Nimmo led them all with a .450 on-base percentage, reaching safely in each of his five plate appearances at Miller Park.

Disclaimer No. 1: Technically, Nimmo is about three dozen PAs shy of qualifying for the league lead.

Disclaimer No. 2: No one is about to mistake him for Trout.

Yet the Mets can no longer deny Nimmo his place atop their batting order, considering his growing list of accomplishments. Nimmo has reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances dating to Wednesday. In four straight at-bats spanning two days, he hit a home run, a single, a double and a triple — a cycle interrupted only by a good night’s sleep.

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