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NY Mets: Mid-term grades for the 5 starting infielders

May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) stops at second base after hitting a double in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor – D-

There isn’t enough extra credit in the world for Francisco Lindor to end this year with an A+. The expectations were just too high for him. Lindor, the superstar brought in this offseason to win the first MVP Award in Mets history, has been the biggest disappointment of all.

Lindor hasn’t been a complete bust. In recent weeks, he has put together a more favorable batting average. His near-perfect attendance also helps him from getting an F but it doesn’t raise his grade much at all.

One good aspect of Lindor’s game has been his glove. His Gold Glove-caliber defense has lived up to expectations. But if this is what the Mets wanted at shortstop, they could have just started Luis Guillorme there.

A D- grade might be a little harsh for Lindor. I don’t want to come off as a guy who would ever boo him. That’s not in my DNA—neither is athleticism of any kind apparently.

What’s missing most from Lindor’s 2021 season is a hot streak. Correct me if I’m wrong (you love that internet!), but has he even had two great games in a row?

Lindor isn’t just in the advanced class. He goes to a fancy private school. This year’s mid-term grade for Lindor has his parents reconsidering the tuition payment. Fortunately, it’s only the first year. A bad grade in season number one, in particular only midway through the year, shouldn’t take away from what he can accomplish moving forward.

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There’s a lot of red ink to go around for the infielders at the mid-terms. Who raises their grade in the second half?

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