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NY Mets: 3 players who need to step up and carry the offense

Jun 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) is greeted by left fielder Dominic Smith (2) after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) is greeted by left fielder Dominic Smith (2) after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Lindor

This one should not come as a surprise to anyone who has watched the Mets this season. Francisco Lindor has had a rough season so far as he had very high expectations coming into the season.

Lindor has had a nice season so far in the field as he has been a huge defensive upgrade to Mets shortstops in recent years, but the offensive production is another story.

Lindors average is significantly lower than his career average and his strikeout rate is the highest in his career. His walk percentage is higher than his career average along with his hard-hit percentage, so he is doing some things right.

The biggest difference this season compared to his career is his line drive and fly ball percentage. His line drive percentage is down around seven percent and he is hitting roughly five and a half percent more fly balls. While I am no hitting coach, I do know that this is not good and line drives equate to more hard-hit balls and base hits.

While Lindor has shown some promising signs at the dish this season, he is going to need to do it at a more consistent clip. Playing in a huge market like New York and being paid $341 million over the next 10 seasons will not sit well with Mets fans if Lindor continues to hit in the low .200s and struggles to not drive in a whole lot of runs.

As we approach the halfway point of the season, Lindor is running out of time and really has to turn it around and put the offense on his back along with McCann and Smith.

McCann, Smith, and Lindor have all shown some improvement lately and have come through with some big hits recently, but it is going to take a bit more consistently from these three for them to carry the Mets offense for where they need to be.

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