2) NY Mets prediction for the final 100 games: Francisco Lindor fails to break out of his funk
A year-long funk for Francisco Lindor is something the Mets may be dealing with. Unlike 2021 when they had to suffer through it, this year’s club actually has some guys producing at a high level. Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil are pretty much doing what is expected of them. The rise of Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty should also have us confident the Mets offense won’t fully sleep through the last 100 games of the season.
This prediction should include a note that Lindor will continue to hit home runs, drive in runs, and do it all while batting around .230 at best. Not all predictions are fun ones. Something about his performance through the first 62 games of the year has me convinced this will be a near-repeat of 2021.
Lindor slashed .230/.322/.412 for the Mets that season while hitting 20 home runs and driving in 63. This came in 125 total games due to an IL stint. As long as he stays healthy, he should surpass those totals even if he never does raise his batting average.
How good can the Mets possibly be if their star shortstop doesn’t live up to expectations? Smart trade deadline moves could be the difference.