The New York Mets were dealt yet another blow on Friday night. Francisco Lindor left the team’s game in Pittsburgh due to an oblique injury, and he was placed on the injured list today. Travis Blankenhorn is returning the team as a result. Lindor joins a large list of Mets who have missed time with injuries this season. While the Mets are still in first place, they have struggled to distance themselves from the rest of the National League East. Lindor’s absence leaves a big hole on the roster that will be tough to fill.
Lindor’s Performance Thus Far
At first glance, Lindor’s numbers for the season seem disappointing. Looking closer though, Lindor seemed to be getting going at the plate in July. He was hitting .333/.489/.500 with two homers and 10 RBIs through 12 games in the month. Furthermore, Lindor had only missed one game all season and played spectacular defense with 12 OAA. He’s also been praised as a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.
Where Do the Mets Go From Here?
With the Mets’ offense struggling to score runs, they desperately need to make a move for a bat. Outside of Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis, Jonathan Villar, and Brandon Nimmo, the team does not have any above-average OPS+ hitters. Michael Conforto, Dom Smith, and Jeff McNeil have all been major disappointments, contributing to the team’s average of just 3.72 runs per game.
There are a few trade targets at shortstop, with the big names being Trevor Story and Javier Baez. Both of these players are pending free agents and may cost a decent amount, but considering the magnitude of this injury and the team’s expectations, overpaying may be necessary. Story and Baez come with concerns offensively, but they are strong defensively. Baez is widely seen as the more attractive candidate due to his positional versatility when Lindor returns.
The Mets were able to get by with many unproven players earlier in the season, but this is not a time where they can risk doing that again. The club must make a move sooner rather than later, or their once-firm grip on the NL East will continue to loosen.
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