NY Mets news story we hope to see: Francisco Lindor re-enters the MVP race
Even more needed than Francisco Alvarez is for the team’s other Francisco to start playing better and continue to do so. This version of Francisco Lindor is much closer to the 2021 model. He’s nothing like the guy finished ninth in the 2022 MVP race. A low batting average, a poor OBP, and defense not quite where we’d expect it have all led Lindor down a dark road we’d love for him to stray away from.
Lindor re-entering the MVP race is a best-case scenario for the Mets who desperately need their star shortstop to do more than be competent. He needs to literally be one of the best players in the league without question.
What Lindor was able to accomplish last year might not have met everyone’s standards. It’s still hard to refuse 107 RBI under any circumstances. Right now, we’d take the .270/.339/.449 slash line he posted.
The Mets won’t necessarily be a good team if Lindor is playing his best. On the other hand, if he’s not having a good year, it’s easy to see them fall out of the playoff race quickly. This team is dependent on him nearly as much as they are on Pete Alonso.
A summer tale of Lindor silencing every one of his doubters is one we’ll all sign up for.