Addressing Francisco Lindor’s Disappointing Start…


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Emmett Gaffney, Staff Writer/Co-Editor

When new owner Steve Cohen took over the tea, we knew he would make a blockbuster move sooner rather than later. Whether it be Arenado, Lindor, Springer, Bauer, Realmuto, or anyone else, we knew it would be someone. In early January, it happened. The Mets traded for SS Francisco Lindor and extended him before Opening Day. All is well in Mets land! Until he got onto the field and actually played. Since the season started Lindor has never really hit his stride, hitting well below the Mendonza line, and has only hit one home run. Currently, (May 5, 2021) Lindor is mired in an 0-24 slump.

Am I worried? Not in the slightest. It seems like every time he grounds out weakly or strikes out in a big moment, I kind of don’t care. Maybe it is because I am still shell-shocked that he is actually a Met (and will be for a very, very long time), or he is such a lovable player, or he makes up some of it on the defensive end.

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But I think a lot of it is because everyone knows that he will turn it around. We all know the type of player he is; Lindor is a career 115 OPS+ hitter and perennial MVP candidate. So, overall, no I am not really worried; he will turn it around.

But, I think I need to address is the boos he is receiving from Mets fans. Let’s take a step back. We are not classless, fickle Yankee fans (I am aware there are normal Yankee fans; I am referring to the stereotypical rambunctions fan, unlike, say Mr. McCrystal). Also, the guy is just slumping. Yes, he has been disappointing; I will be the first to admit it. And if he is still hitting a buck 50 in August, then fine, by all means, boo him. But let the guy play, say, 2 months in a Mets uni before we start booing him.

All in all, I am not worried at all about Lindor’s, or the Mets’ for that matter, putrid offensive start to the year. Let them get into a groove. But, for Pete’s sake, get it together.