Andres Gimenez’s raw talent has been on display for two weeks, but Sunday he took that step from nice looking player with a potential big upside to somebody who put the Mets on his back and won a game.
The rookie infielder’s bat and legs — in addition to his already evident smooth defense — are bringing maybe the most energy to the Mets lineup since Jose Reyes in his prime.
On this day, the 21-year-old Gimenez ignited all three the Mets’ scoring rallies in a 4-2 victory over the Marlins at Citi Field that gave them only their second back-to-back wins this season.
With Jacob deGrom battling a finger issue that necessitated a visit to the mound by trainer Brian Chicklo in the second inning, the Mets leaned heavily on Gimenez and the bullpen in holding off the Marlins.
DeGrom (2-0) was removed after 98 pitches and five innings in which he allowed two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Jared Hughes, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz and Seth Lugo pitched the final four innings scoreless to finish it.
Gimenez, starting at second base with Robinson…