The start of the 2021 season was nightmarish for New York Metsâ€™ shortstop Francisco Lindor. Signed to a $341 million contract extension, he had the expectations of a highly demanding fanbase on his shoulder, and as a newcomer still getting to know the city, the team, and the fans, it proved, for a couple of months, too much to handle.
Lindor struggled mightly to open the season. Just a few days ago, his batting average was below the Mendoza line and he was struggling to generate any power. He kept hitting the ball hard and taking his walks, but a problem with ground balls affected him for weeks.
On May 5, the Metsâ€™ star was batting .157 with a .276 on-base percentage and just two extra-base hits. His slugging percentage was .202. He had only on homer and was on an 0-for-26 slump, arguably the worst of his career.
The Mets are pleased with his progress
Thankfully for the Mets, he has come a long way since then, and while his batting average currently sits at .218, he now looks like vintage Francisco Lindor.
According to MLB.com, Lindor has a .280/.342/.480 line in his last 26 games, with 11 extra-base hits, four home runs, and 10 RBI for the Mets. Thatâ€™s more like it, and thatâ€™s what the Mets paid for before the start of the campaign.
â€œIâ€™m very encouraged,â€ Lindor said about his recent performance. â€œI feel good. I finally have some success on my side. Hopefully, I continue this to help the team win.â€
Then he told the Metsâ€™ official site, â€œAnd when I get home, maybe I donâ€™t get booed.â€
His struggles were so bad that he was repeatedly booed at home for weeks. But that should be a thing of the past.
As long as Lindor keeps performing, the Mets will have every reason to feel good about the long-term investment they made.