Mets’ Needs Most Improvement: Francisco Lindor
To anyone who has watched the Mets this past April, it obvious that many of the players expected to be the top hitters on the team have struggled to begin the 2021 season.
While it has only been 20 games and the team has had an inconsistent schedule to being play, the offense really needs to step it up as the season progresses, as they have lost many close games despite stellar pitching, and are finishing April dead last in runs scored
The most notable players off to a slow start in April and the one who the Mets need the most improvement going forward is shortstop Francisco Lindor. Despite playing some great defense in the field, he has really struggled at the plate to begin the year.
Francisco joined the Mets this past offseason as a part of a trade with the Cleveland Indians. With only one year left on his contract, the Mets signed him to a 10-year extension in the largest contract offer in team history.
However, starting off his career in Queens, Lindor is hitting below the Mendoza Line in his first 20 games, hitting just .189 with a .299 OBP with 1 HR and 3 RBI.
He may not be the only member of the Mets lineup off to a slow start, but he is currently posting the lowest numbers of all the Mets starters despite being expected as the team’s top hitters.
I have no doubt that his play will improve as the season progresses. After all, 20 games is only a small sample size compared to the 162 games in the regular season. Whether or not it is to the same level he played at in Cleveland is another question entirely.
One things is for sure however, that if Lindor and the rest of the lineup to not improve soon, the team may dig themselves into a early hole and make their post season aspirations much harder to reach.
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With April now in the books, let’s all hope the Mets’ fortunes will improve in the month of May