4 Mets players disappointing us the most this season
By Tim Boyle
4) NY Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor needs to carry the load
There are definitely numbers out there people can point to and say Francisco Lindor isn’t having such a terrible season. True.
Let’s remember what he should be doing. There should be no debate about how valuable he is to the Mets. The start we’ve seen from Lindor has been disappointing no matter how positively you want to spin it. He hasn’t been one of the best overall shortstops in the league. Remove his contract from the equation and we still have to wipe tears away from our face realizing how below our expectations he has been this year.
Lindor is hitting .224/.323/.448 with 6 home runs and 27 RBI. He has been a strike out machine with 38 already in his first 36 games played. He’s already fanning in 24.5% of his plate appearances. His previous high of 18.8% came last season. It’s a huge jump.
After such a promising season in 2022, it’s tough to see Lindor start off so slowly this year. It could go unnoticed if the team around him was hitting. Because so many of the Mets hitters have struggled, Lindor’s own slow start sticks out much more.
One of the reasons why the team was so successful last season is because of Lindor. When he’s cold, the whole team gets chilled.