The New York Mets have suffered an unprecedented injury problem this year. At one point, there were 17 members of the active roster on the injured list, but the organization powered through and has kept the first place in the National League East division despite the constant adversity.
As the team gets healthy â€“ the Mets got Pete Alonso and Kevin Pillar back, and other pieces may return soon â€“ the offense is starting to click, at long last.
The Metsâ€™ season ranks are not pretty when it comes to offensive production, but in their last five games, they have scored 31 runs, or 6.2 per game. Thatâ€™s not too shabby.
Francisco Lindor and James McCann, two of the newcomers for the 2021 season, are finally showing some signs of life after sluggish starts.
The Mets are finally enjoying some production from Lindor
Per SNY, Lindor, the Metsâ€™ franchise player, is batting .391 (9-for-23) in those last five contests.
â€œIt feels great, and it means a lot…” Lindor said. “Iâ€™m back to being an offensive player and helping the team. â€¦ Makes you feel good.”
The shortstop says he is seeing the ball really well right now.
“Iâ€™m getting the barrel to the baseball. I feel confident I can hit any pitch right now,” he said. “Iâ€™m hitting the pitches Iâ€™m supposed to hit hard now.â€
â€œHeâ€™s been consistent with his approach. The one thing Iâ€™m seeing more now is heâ€™s using the big part of the field. … I think heâ€™s gotten back to trust hitting the ball to the big part. … Trust he can stay longer on the pitch,” Mets manager Luis Rojas explained.
On the other hand, McCann is hitting .500 (9-for-18) since Saturday.
â€œItâ€™s just getting back to the things that I do well, sticking to my approach, and just trying to put a good swing on it, not trying to do too much,” McCann said.
The Mets hope their two new long-term pieces keep producing.