Last but not least, Francisco Lindor’s first 43 games in a Mets uniform have accelerated the training of his new fan base.
“I think they are booing about the results,” said Lindor on Saturday. “I don’t think they don’t like me. I think that’s because of the results because when I get to the dugout and have a baseball in hand, they all go crazy. It’s the same person who booed me.” / p> In the meantime, Lindor is trying to work even faster to get his momentum back on a consistent basis.
Lindor entered Memorial Day weekend – which often serves as a major milestone for the season and has a sufficient sample size to to make judgments – and still looking for his groove, showing evidence he’d found it May 6-12, when he hit 8:20 on a six game home run to get his batting average at .202 back over the Mendoza line.
Since then, however, he was 7:48 and lowered his average back to 0.185 to go into Saturday’s game against the Braves in Citi with an OPS plus of 60 (league average 100) Field.
D he lack of production, especially at a time when most of the Mets’ other big bats are on the casualty list, has resulted in heavier and more frequent boos for Lindor. He believes he is making progress in his process even if the results have not followed suit.
“To be successful in life, you have to believe in the process,” said Lindor. “I’ll say I didn’t get my keg to baseball consistently. I got there but I didn’t stay through the ball how I want to stay. That didn’t make me have the success I want to have. “
The statistics back it up. According to Baseball Savant, Lindor’s 4.5 barrel percentage is in the MLB’s 20th percentile.
When the Mets acquired Lindor and bought it for a 10-year extension of US $ 341 million – Before he wore his first bat in uniform, they envisioned him delivering the results that would make him a four-time All-Star in Cleveland from 2016. 2019 – when he was 118 OPS-plus .284 scored, averaging 29.5 home runs per season.
Lindor said he’s trying to rediscover the swing he’s had over those years, but that’s easier said than done.
“That Hitting is very fun and different because I tried so hard to imitate myself from 2017 when i I started hitting home runs and then imitating myself in 2018, “said Lindor. “And I imitate myself, I understand. But it’s really hard to get that feeling back. I can’t personally remember how it felt in 2017. I can try to imitate myself, but I’m not quite there.
“Ultimately, there are no excuses. There are no excuses. I definitely have to be better.”
Strong during Lindor’s defense at shortstop and manager Luis Rojas has often talked about the intangibles he brings to the dugout and clubhouse, the wait for his bat to break out continues.
“This little baseball doesn’t care how much I paid, I don’t care how many numbers I’ve put up in the past, “said Lindor.” In any case, the opponent doesn’t care either. It’s a fun game, tough game, and very humiliating game. For those who think the game is easy, I want them to go to the batting cage and try to hit it and see how it goes. But when it comes to my keg I just try to find my way right. That’s all I can work on. “
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