The New York Mets entered this season with a lot of hype around them after having a busy offseason. Despite having many big names on their roster though, many of these players had down seasons last year, which left some wondering if they'd be able to return to form.
Two of these players have rebounded in a big way and proven that they are valuable members of the team. Their rebounds have been integral to the team's hot start to the season in 2022. However, one player has not rebounded and is off to a sluggish start yet again to begin 2022.
Francisco Lindor is looking like the superstar the Mets traded for
When the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor last year and signed him to a 10-year, $341 million extension, they thought they were getting one of the top players in all of baseball to build their franchise around. However, last year many began to question if he was worth that contract after he struggled for much of the season, and looked overmatched at the plate at times.
2022 is a different year though, as Lindor has returned to form, proving that he is not only one of the top shortstops in all of baseball, but he's also one of the league's most exciting stars regardless of position. Lindor isn't just having a great statistical season thus far, he is proving that he is a clutch player, as he has continuously come through in big moments.
Lindor has come up with a walk-off hit, two home runs in the home opener, big hits with runners in scoring position, stolen bases, and some nice plays in the field. Add to that his infectious smile and personality, which seems to resonate inside the locker room, and it's clear that Lindor has emerged as a leader for this Mets team as well.
The Mets needed Lindor to rebound after a poor first season in New York, and now that he's fully acclimated to the city, he is proving he is the player that they traded for and extended. His bat, leadership, speed, and defense have been just what the Mets have needed, and have gone a long way towards proving the Mets are a contender in the National League.