Francisco Lindor’s painful stats are epitome of Mets’ slow start

Cover your eyes.

Francisco’s Lindor’s stats are painful to even look at.

And Mets fans are starting to let him hear it. 

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor
Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in their doubleheader split. Noah K. Murray-NY Post

The star shortstop’s nightmarish early-season woes are hard to believe, even with his recent history of slow starts.

He went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts as the Mets split a doubleheader with the Tigers on Thursday at Citi Field — a 6-3 loss in 11 innings and a 2-1 walk-off win.

Lindor is now a brutal 1-for-24 on the season with six strikeouts.

His only hit this year was a single during the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the Brewers on March 30.

And he’s not even drawing walks, either, as he has just two this year.

“It’s timing,” Lindor said after Game 2. “I just gotta get my timing right. Once I get my timing, everything should get better.”

He came up empty in a key spot during Game 1.

Lindor is now 1-for-24 with six strikeouts.
Francisco Lindor is now 1-for-24 with six strikeouts. Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Brandon Nimmo led off with a walk and stole second base, putting the winning run in scoring position for Lindor with no outs.

But Lindor struck out.

In Game 2, Nimmo led off the first with a walk, walked again with one out in the third inning and then led off the sixth inning with yet another walk.

But Lindor wasn’t able to get Nimmo over to second base any of the three opportunities, delivering a pop out, strikeout and fly out, respectively.

Lindor had one last chance to redeem himself later in the eighth inning, trailing 1-0 with Harrison Bader on second base.

But Lindor struck out on three pitches, and the few fans in attendance showered him with boos.

It’s reminiscent of his poor start last year, when he entered June with a .223 batting average.

But the way he bounced back last year has given him and manager Carlos Mendoza confidence he’ll do so again.

“He’s one of the best players in the game,” Mendoza said. “Every player is gonna go through a stretch like this. It happens in the first six games of the season, but he’ll be all right, he’ll get going. He’s a pretty good hitter.”

Lindor’s hardly alone, either.

Jeff McNeil has started the season 1-for-15, including going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 1.

He didn’t play in the second game.

Nimmo has started 1-for-21, though at least he’s getting on base with walks.

But Lindor believes the Mets’ ninth-inning rally in Game 2 can be contagious throughout the lineup.

“For sure,” Lindor said. “One hundred percent. Vibes are very contagious. Hitting is contagious, so for sure. I believe in that.”


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