MIAMI — You know who would possibly provide Francisco Lindor, a New York center infielder already within the highlight on account of a contract scenario and subsequently sees a boatload of his teammates go down with accidents, some beneficial perspective?
A Mets teammate, if not a present Mets teammate.
Come on, you suppose Robinson Cano wouldn’t take Lindor’s name?
Lindor and the Mets dropped an ugly one Sunday, 5-1 to the Marlins on the ridiculously spelled loanDepot park, to complete their street journey 3-6. At the de facto one-quarter mark of the schedule, the decimated Mets stand at 21-19 and lead the National League East by a sport and a half over the Braves and Phillies, each 23-24.
“Could’ve been worse with all the moving parts,” a tired-looking Luis Rojas stated, referring to the membership’s blizzard of accidents, and he ain’t improper. Nevertheless, everyone knows the way it could’ve been higher: If Lindor, Steve Cohen’s first Picasso-esque baseball funding, was hitting whilst he did with the Indians in 2020 (.258/.335/.415), which had been his worst offensive season till this present catastrophe, following Sunday’s 0-for-4: .194/.302/285.
How lengthy wouldn’t it take to jot down “Yeesh” 341 million instances?
“I don’t see him trying to overdo things,” Rojas stated. “He’s doing the same thing. He’s getting pitched the same. … He’s poised in the dugout, in the clubhouse. It’s the same poise. This guy’s working hard.”
Furthermore, the Mets’ supervisor acquitted Lindor of a throwing error charged to him on the sport’s key play, what could’ve been an inning-ending, 3-6-1 double play within the second — protecting the Mets’ deficit at 2-0 — seeing Lindor’s relay go off Jordan Yamamoto’s glove and into the photographers’ properly, permitting two extra runs to attain. Said Rojas: “I thought the throw, height-wise and direction-wise, should’ve been caught. That’s what I think. … That’s a play that we worked a lot on in spring training and even during the season.”
Agreed that the error ought to’ve gone to Yamamoto; it wouldn’t shock to see a evaluate and reversal on that official scoring determination.
The backside line is that Lindor, months after signing his mega-extension (which doesn’t start till subsequent 12 months, bear in mind), has accomplished the other of carrying his workforce when it actually wanted him. If you flash again to the 2013 Yankees, who skilled a fairly comparable narrative to those Mets, you may see simply how a lot Cano, suspended for 2021 after testing constructive for Stanozolol but underneath his Mets contract for ’22 and ’23, did the other of Lindor’s present contributions.
An impending free agent, with achieved teammates Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis lacking greater than half the season with accidents, Cano put up a monster .314/.383/.516 slash line whereas enjoying in 160 video games, additional profitable the respect of his teammates and touchdown a 10-year, $240-million contract from the Mariners. If he cheated that season, he didn’t get caught, which is all that issues.
(By the way in which, bear in mind the celebrations by Mets followers final November when Major League Baseball announced Cano’s year long suspension, opening second base for Jeff McNeil? Think the Mets would thoughts having Cano proper now?)
Maybe Cano, who at all times has loved advising youthful teammates, could lend Lindor a few pearls of knowledge about thriving underneath such circumstances. Maybe Lindor merely wants extra time to regulate to the Big Apple, the place Cano was in his ninth season for ’13. Maybe Peak Cano merely was higher than Peak Lindor.
The Mets return residence to host the NL-worst Rockies Monday night time, with Jacob deGrom set to return from the injured record on Tuesday. Maybe this would be the oasis they want, a respite for Lindor to tee off on a awful pitching workers and at last get going with the bat.
They’re proper within the thick of issues, their illnesses however. They could be far higher than that, don’t ya know, with out Lindor dragging them down offensively. He could do a lot worse, to borrow from Rojas, than studying from Cano.