Francisco Lindor needs to step up in Pete Alonso's absence

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It has been a miserable week for the New York Mets as they were swept by the Atlanta Braves after having at least a three-run lead in all three games. Perhaps the worst loss of the series and possibly the season was on Thursday after having a 10-7 lead in the late innings getaway as they fell in extras 13-10 on a walk-off home run by Ozzie Albies.

To make matters worse, Pete Alonso has now hit the injured list with a bone bruise and sprain which will keep him out for 3 to 4 weeks after he got hit by a pitch on Wednesday by Braves pitcher, Charlie Morton. This was the last thing the Mets and Mets fans wanted to hear as it seems like the Mets season is going off the rails with them being nine games back from the Atlanta Braves in first place in the NL. If there is one power hitter other than the Polar Bear that needs to step up in the Mets lineup during Alonso's absence, it's Francisco Lindor.

Mets Shortstop Francisco Lindor must step up while Alonso is out

Let's call it like we see it Mets fans, it has been a frustrating and disappointing season for Fransico Lindor. Despite him being sixth in the National Leagues in driving in runs and homering last night, it still feels like we have not seen the best of Francisco Lindor in a Mets uniform like his days in Cleveland. Despite his strong season last year, it has not translated to this season so far and now with Alonso out for the next several weeks, it is time for Lindor to step up for this team if they wish to get back in the playoff mix.

As it stands, Francisco Lindor's batting average stands in the .220 area and he did come off a nice series against the Braves going four for 10 at the plate with a home run and two RBI he built off that strong showing and hit a home run for the Mets in their embarrassing loss to Pirates. The question still lingers if he can keep being successful.

Lindor has had a very up-and-down season and whenever you think Lindor's primed for a hot streak, he cools off right away. The Mets are heading toward a brutal stretch of games against good teams like the final two games of their series against the Pirates, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, and the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies. If the Mets wish to get back to their winning ways, there's one player who is surely capable of helping this team with his bat, it's Francisco Lindor.