Francisco Lindor has become increasingly clutch for the Mets this season.
In six straight games since May 22, the Mets shortstop has logged at least one RBI, the longest streak of his career. In that period, he scored 14 runs, six of which came against the Giants in San Francisco on May 24, and three of which came against the Phillies at Citi Field on Saturday.
“I feel good, I’m happy. Do whatever it takes to help the team win,” Lindor said after Saturday’s 8-2. “I’m contributing at the right time, so I’m glad we came up with W.”
Lindor has 37 RBIs in 48 games so far this season, which is higher than the total after 87 games in 2021. He has scored 18 runs and had 18 RBIs in his last 14 matches – a feat achieved by only five other Mets: Howard Johnson (1991), Todd Hundley (1997), Derek Bell (2000), and Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Delgado, Both in 2006. Lindor also avoided an impressive 10 walks, two doubles, two triples, three home runs and two stolen bases. 14 game duration.
Lindor has the second-highest RBI among all shortstops, trailing Dodgers Tree Turner by one as of Sunday morning. He has scored the most runs (36) and the most walks (24) so far in his position group. He has also got the fifth best OPS (.811) and the sixth best hits (47) among shortstops this year.
There are a number of reasons Lindor has clicked to the plate so well this season: his superior ability to handle the pressure of being a big star in the Big Apple, another year of experience and maturity, a team-first mentality, and more at the plate. discipline
“It’s a constant battle to be selective,” said Buck Showalter when asked his thoughts about the late appearance of Lindor’s plate. “But we also have a great analytical statistic, who is the damage in the field and who swings on pitches in the white part of the plate and who doesn’t. It shows that he is swinging on a lot of pitches in the white part of the plate.”
mcneel and nimmo off
To no one’s surprise, Brandon Nimmo was dropped from the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies.
The outfielder, who was also out on Saturday, is getting extra rest days to focus on his sprained right wrist. He received an injection of cortisone on Saturday with the hope that it would help with the pain. Structurally, his wrists are fine and both he and Showalter did not anticipate long walks.
Nimmo was listed as available from the bench for Sunday’s game, as was Jeff McNeil, who was pulled by the Mets captain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game.
Showalter said his decision to pull McNeil, whose three-run homer in that game’s fourth-innings homer gave the Mets an 8-2 win, on Saturday because he saw an opportunity for “The Squirrel” to get some extra rest.