The New York Mets are playing great baseball to start 2022, with a lot of key contributions from the starting rotation and bullpen.
The offense has been solid too, but one player in particular isn’t having the best season to date.
That player in question is Francisco Lindor, the face of the franchise.
After having a good first week of the season, he has not been able to replicate that success or any of the numbers he put up in Cleveland for that matter.
Last season was a difficult one, and this year, he’s only hitting .228.
But manager Buck Showalter isn’t worried, as seen in the tweet below.
Buck Showalter on Francisco Lindor, who is now batting .228: “I don’t worry about Francisco. What may not be happening perfectly, statistically, he’ll figure it out.”
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) May 18, 2022
Buck Rolling With Lindor
Lindor certainly is more than capable of turning things around.
He’s been through it all as a Major Leaguer.
Every player has slumps.
His has just been particularly bad.
He struck out to end last night’s game with two runners on as the Mets lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets are going to need him to step up, especially in those spots, where the game is on the line, and he has a chance to do something to help the team win.
Lindor is the face of the franchise after all.
But Showalter appears to have faith in him, and he said the right things.
He knows Lindor is struggling but also that he can turn it around at any moment and become the player he was in Cleveland again.
It’s a manager’s job to have faith in his players, as well as put the team in the best possible position to succeed.
Lindor could maybe benefit from a day or two off.