Buck Showalter praises Francisco Lindor for being 'sincerely happy' about Mets winning amid his slump

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Francisco Lindor swings vs. Phillies
Francisco Lindor swings vs. Phillies

After a hot start, Francisco Lindor has been in quite the slump - over his last 10 games, Lindor is batting .128/.209/.154, with just five hits in 39 at-bats. During that stretch, he has struck out 10 times and walked just twice, and has just one extra-base hit.

Despite the shortstop's struggles, though, the Mets currently lead the NL East by 4.5 games entering Thursday's game. In the midst of their 18-9 record, the Mets have not lost a series this season, and that's all that matters to Lindor, says Buck Showalter.

“He’s always upbeat," Showalter told reporters before the team's four-game set in Philadelphia. "He’s the guy that stays consistent with his personality, at least since I’ve been around with him.

"He’s all about the Mets winning. He’s one of those guys where he could be 0-for-5 with an error, and if we win, he’s sincerely happy…. There’s a real sincerity from a team standpoint. The baseball gods always pay you back if you keep that mentality.”

Lindor, of course, isn't content with his performance. Quite frankly, neither is his team. But Showalter feels this slump may be similar to his cold start last year - he simply might just be trying too hard.

“He’s so capable. We expect him to, because he’s such a talented young man, that we know what he’s capable of, and when it doesn’t happen on every at-bat, you’re almost a victim of his skillset. He does so many things for us. Sometimes, it’s not always exactly like it’s gonna be. But sometimes, you can want something too much. He’s one of those guys. His want to [succeed] is way out there.”

Lindor is 7-for-24 (.292) with a .370 on-base percentage against the Phillies this season, which is a far cry from his .194 average against them last year. If he can keep hitting against the Phils like he has so far in 2022, he could break out of this slump, which will very likely help the Mets expand their division lead.