Francisco Lindor talks deluge of Mets' postponements: 'It's different, but nothing we can't handle'

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Francisco Lindor in rain vs. Marlins
Francisco Lindor in rain vs. Marlins

So far this season, the Mets have played five games and had five other games postponed, including two consecutive rainouts.

The other three games were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Washington Nationals.

Combine it all and the Mets already have four doubleheaders on their schedule -- equaling the amount of doubleheaders they played during the entire 60-game season in 2020..

Speaking on Tuesday, Francisco Lindor said the stops and starts kind of feel like spring training. But he added that the Mets can't make any excuses.

"It's different for sure. It kinda feels like spring training, except the games mean a lot," Lindor told reporters via Zoom. "Where you play, (have an) off day. Play two, off day. That's kinda how things have been going right now. So it kinda feels like spring training.

"You make the adjustments in the cages and start making it in the game. It's different, but nothing we can't handle. We can't make any excuses, we just gotta start winning ball games. The hits will come, for sure. I'm pretty sure the hits will come. If I continue to stay healthy, I promise you I won't end up with four hits in the season."

The Mets will likely be able to get Tuesday's doubleheader in without a delay and should be able to do the same with Wednesday's game.

Apr 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) throws out Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (not pictured) past second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park.
Apr 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) throws out Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (not pictured) past second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park.

Thursday's forecast calls for more rain when the Mets are scheduled to wrap up their series with the Phillies at Citi Field and they will then head to Colorado to face the Rockies, where snow is expected on Friday and Saturday.

So more delays, postponements, and doubleheaders could be on the way.

Added Lindor about the early-season adversity:

"It's early in the season. We're starting to deal with adversity now. We dealt a little bit with it in spring training with the injuries we had, and we're gonna continue to deal with adversity. But we just gotta get through it, have fun while we do it. And that's pretty much what I've been saying since day one. It's just have fun and enjoy this ride. We're blessed to play this game."

LINDOR TALKS LEADERSHIP

Asked to describe his leadership style and how he's been helping his teammates this season, Lindor explained...

"I am who I am. I come in every single day with a smile on my face. Whatever happened yesterday we flush it, we learn from it, and we move forward. That's kinda what I've done here. You bring a positive attitude, let the guys (know) it's all right, we're gonna win games, we're gonna lose games. Turn the page. Learn from what we can learn from, and move forward.

"One of the biggest things here is it's not about one person in front of the group. We're all in one single line moving forward together. A wave is strong because you move together. That's why waves are really strong, because it's one unit of water moving forward. That's kinda how we're doing things here. Everybody is on the same page, everybody is right next to each other. Let's move forward."