6 positives in a Mets season full of despair

The Mets are not where they want to be at the All-Star break, but there have been some silver linings as the team prepares to make a run in the second half.
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4) Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor have proven that they're worth the money

One Mets signing that hasn't given team owner Steve Cohen buyer's remorse is Brandon Nimmo. The Mets center fielder has been a fixture at the top of the lineup, while also flashing a greatly improved glove. Nimmo's April placed him among the elite center fielders in the game, though he has been a bit more erratic since then.

As an everyday player, Nimmo stands to benefit from the All-Star break, as he can recharge his batteries and hopefully return to the form that saw him propel the Mets to a hot start. He's already well on his way to a career high in homers, needing only five in the season's second half to top his previous best of 17.

Francisco Lindor has been a fascinating player to follow throughout his Mets career. He's consistently ranked as one of the game's elite shortstops, but some Mets fans have struggled to embrace him. In my mind, it has to be his contract, because everything else about him is exactly what you would want in a player.

Lindor is one of the team's leaders, a player that bridges the gap from the older generation to the Baby Mets. He's selfless, declaring that Brandon Nimmo deserves an All-Star spot over him, and his attitude is consistently positive and uplifting.

He also has one of the best gloves in the game, and though his average is lower than fans would like, he's come through when it counts time and again this year. His 60 RBIs rank 12th in the majors, and they are eight more than Corey Seager, the next closest shortstop.

Lindor is currently enjoying his best stretch of the season. His five-hit game against the Diamondbacks last week was thrilling, and he followed that a day later with another three hits in an extra-inning win against the Padres.

Nimmo and Lindor are two players that Mets fans know they can build around in the future, and their presence at the top of the lineup provides hope that this season isn't over yet.