Buck Showalter’s ‘double-switch’ pays dividends in Mets’ win

There aren’t many double-switches in play anymore in the National League with the full-time use of the designated hitter this season, but Buck Showalter still managed to swing one on Tuesday to help the Mets to another victory.

Showalter inserted COVID-activated Brandon Nimmo into catcher James McCann’s No. 9 spot in the batting order in the 10th inning so he could serve as the ghost runner — and score the winning run — in the bottom of the 10th of the Mets’ 5-4 victory in the opener of a doubleheader against the Giants.

“Just getting a faster runner at second base,” Showalter said after the game. “I knew the way the [previous] inning ended that we had to make a move, so the double-switch is still alive and well in the [National] League, right?”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler initially appeared to question the umpiring crew over Showalter’s switch, as Nimmo ran out to center field to replace Travis Jankowski to start the top of the 10th.

Showalter said he properly alerted the umpires of the changes to the Mets’ batting order, with backup catcher Tomas Nido inserted to hit eighth in place of Jankowski.

Mets manager Buck Showalter
Charles Wenzelberg/ New York Post

Kapler was not asked about the confusion by the San Francisco media after the game.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Showalter said when asked what Kapler appeared to be questioning. “I told them early. I told them right away when I gave them the lineup change when [Nimmo] got on the field.”

The Mets escaped the top of the 10th when an initially ruled throwing error by shortstop Francisco Lindor was overturned via video review, which determined that first baseman Pete Alonso’s foot remained on the bag for the third out.

Nimmo, who was activated off the COVID IL before the opener after missing the previous three games, took his place at second base with lefty reliever Jarlin Garcia on for the Giants to start the home 10th.

Nimmo advanced to third base on Jeff McNeil’s grounder to first base for the first out. After a walk to Starling Marte, Nimmo trotted home on Francisco Lindor’s game-winning single to center.



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