Francisco Lindor on hitting struggles impacting Davis firing: 'Chili can't really hit for me'

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Francisco Lindor reacts after striking out against the Rockies - 2021
Francisco Lindor reacts after striking out against the Rockies - 2021

Mets hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant Tom Slater were fired late Monday night after the Mets' 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and it may not be all that hard to understand why (though Pete Alonso still doesn't get it).

The Mets have had quite the hard time hitting the ball this season and rank 29th in runs per game at 3.30. But there's one specific angle -- or player -- that really gave the organization cause for concern.

Francisco Lindor has struggled at the plate unlike any time in his seven year career in MLB this season, his first with the Mets, slashing .163/.284/.209. Davis told The New York Post after the firing that he would "probably" still be the hitting coach if Lindor was producing.

When asked about it, Lindor wasn't sure -- but said that his hitting is on him, not anyone else.

"I've always been very accountable with my hitting," Lindor said over a Zoom call prior to Tuesday's game. "Yeah, I am going through a slump. Yeah, I am not performing to [the] best of my abilities. But Chili can't really hit for me, that's all on me.

"If I would've been hitting, does he still have a job? I don't know. I had nothing to do with this decision."

After the news broke, Lindor said the whole situation was very upsetting to him.

"It broke my heart. I was sad," Lindor said when he heard the news. "It's not good when people get fired. It's hard to go to your family and say I just got let go. I don't care what position you are in life, it's never easy."

Lindor hasn't been with the team long and there are guys who worked with Davis and Slater for much longer than him, but he said the players on the team are working through it and are still looking to win.

"This team is very resilient. Guys came in with the tragic news that happened last night...b ut the guys have gotten to work," Lindor said. "We have a game to play, we've got to prepare, we've got to do our best tonight to win.

"Regardless of what's happening, we've got to focus on our task. And that task is winning."

The Mets would get back up to .500 with a win over the Cardinals Tuesday -- a tougher task now that Jacob deGrom has been ruled out with side tightness.