Francisco Lindor on Mets' tough series in Chicago: 'Learn from this one and flush it'


Wednesday night was a forgettable one in all facets for the Mets, who struggled on both sides of the ball in a 16-4 loss to the Cubs.

Francisco Lindor was just as culpable as anyone in that, but he did, at least, prove his skipper prophetic, as this is what manager Luis Rojas told Carton & Roberts on Wednesday afternoon:

“We’re not seeing the same approach we saw this spring; I think he’s out front a bit, and leaving his back side a little bit, and it’s causing him to lose leverage. There are a lot of things that go into it, and I feel watching him that he’s a good swing away from clicking. He works hard and has a good feel for his body, so he’s one or two good at-bats away.”

Only took one at-bat Wednesday to get that good at-bat, as Lindor crushed his first official homer as a Met in the first inning, and ended the game 3-for-4 on a tough night for the offense overall.

“I believe I mentioned it earlier, that all it takes is one swing to feel like I’m in a good spot. I got that one swing,” Lindor said after the game. “Then after that, I made some adjustments with (hitting coach) Chili (Davis), we talked and it was just a matter of seeing pitches.”

Lindor had been 7-for-41 on the season entering Wednesday, so the “outburst” raised his average from .171 to .222 – but more importantly, it gave him the confidence that it’s turning around.

“That series in Colorado I was a little bit out of rhythm. First game here, same thing,” Lindor said. “It’s gonna come, you’ve just gotta play the game and as a professional hitter make adjustments faster.”

He also has some clarity about his rough defensive night, which saw him make an error and also botch a play up the middle with second baseman Jeff McNeil, a rare pair of gaffes from a Gold Glove-caliber SS.

“This one, you learn from it. I’ve got to be more and more on my toes and understanding my surroundings. As a professional baseball player, that’s all I can do,” he said. “Learn from what’s happened, learn from our mistakes, but we flush it. In baseball you’ve got to have a short-term memory. Remember the good things, remember the bad things that are going to make you better for the next time, and then flush the rest. As professional baseball players, we’ve got to make faster adjustments and I’ve got to be the first one to make the adjustments.”

And, Lindor had a message for the New York fans after a rough pair of games in Chicago: keep the faith, because the Mets are.

"New York, we're not trying to lose games. We're working as hard as we can every day to win ball games, but even if we win 112, we’re still going to lose at least 50 games, and we understand that we’re going to struggle,” Lindor said. “We’re going to have bad days, we’re going to have good days. The best baseball teams, they stay even keeled, in the same line all year long. That’s something that the guys have done really, really well here. The first two weeks of the season there has been a lot of adversity. Good teams go through those things and come out on top.”

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