It would be an overstatement to say Francisco Lindor disappointed in his first season with New York Mets. While he has a WAR above 2.0, fans were hoping for more after he signed a decade-long $341 million contract.
But July brought some good vibes around the shortstop as he was down .333 / .489 / .500 in the month through Friday. Unfortunately, as soon as the good news begins, some bad news follows. Lindor is currently on List of 10 injured days with a tension oblique line.
2021 may not be the year of Francisco Lindor
Lindor has finally come out of his slump and now that he’s back he will likely do so with lingering oblique issues. This is terrible news for a Mets team that is also dealing with an ace in Jacob deGrom who continue to have their own lingering trauma problems.
The good news is that as of now, the Mets are still at the top of the National League East. However, the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are also right there. They have reached this level without too much help from Lindor, who has only driven in 36 runs so far. Forget about 2020 his career low was 51 RBI during the 2015 season where he appeared in only 99 games as a rookie.
The Mets will have a really tough time competing if deGrom isn’t around around October at his normal elite level. And forget that for now, because they might not even do post-production if he can’t come back.
Mets fans have clearly been thinking about the World Series from the moment Lindor joined the organization. But no one should treat this deal as bankruptcy after a few months of playing baseball. The short line is one of the best in the game and 2021 may not be his year due to inflated expectations and nagging injuries. The fact that his WAR is still up above 2.0 also shows that he’s not terrible, but pretty much closer to average than expected.