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Ranking the 10 best players in the National League East

Aug 3, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is
Aug 3, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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5) Best players in the NL East: Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor gets a lot of unwarranted flack from Mets fans and baseball fans because of his contract. Last season he was awful for his first two months in New York, only to finish with a respectable 100 OPS+ and Gold Glove defense. He looked like Francisco Lindor for much of the season after the atrocious start.

This season, he's looked completely like the Francisco Lindor the Mets traded for and extended on the massive deal. He's consistently produced offensively and defensively and his leadership is second to none.

He's slashed .268/.344/.449 with 24 home runs and 94 RBI. He's added 15 stolen bases and another typical year of solid defense at a premium position.

Lindor has played in all but one game for the Mets this season despite fracturing his finger. His affect on winning has been very clear as when he plays well, the Mets seem to win.

His 124 OPS+ is the second highest mark of his career, and the 24 home runs and 94 RBI are both franchise records for Mets shortstops.

Lindor ranks seventh in all of baseball among position players with 6.1 fWAR. That mark leads all shortstops.

With the season he has had, Lindor should get some MVP votes. He's been worth every penny and then some.

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