Mets' Luis Rojas talks Francisco Lindor's struggles: 'Right now, it’s just kind of like his swing is a little off'

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Francisco Lindor fired up at second base home whites close shot
Francisco Lindor fired up at second base home whites close shot

With Brandon Nimmo out of the starting lineup as he deals with a hip impingement, Mets manager Luis Rojas moved Francisco Lindor into the leadoff spot for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, hoping to spark both Lindor individually and the Mets’ offense as a whole.

But the move didn’t pan out, as Lindor went 1-for-4 with a swinging bunt single in the sixth, and the Mets fell to the Red Sox 2-1 to move back to 9-9 on the season.

In the eighth inning, after Lindor grounded back to pitcher Matt Andriese in his final at-bat, some boos rained down from the limited crowd at Citi Field, as Lindor’s slash line on the season dropped to .212/.321/.273.

When asked after the game about the superstar shortstop hearing some boos, Rojas attributed it simply to a fanbase that wants to win.

“Once again, our fanbase is very passionate. They support our team and we feel that,” Rojas said. “My thought of it is our fanbase is passionate with our team. They want everyone to perform consistently on a daily basis. It’s so early in the season, and the good thing about it is the guys show up every day, they prepare their best and they come in and they want to give the fans what they want. They want to win.

“It’s something that I think we’ve seen in the past here over the years when guys are going through a little bit of a struggle. … it’s our fanbase being passionate as they are, wanting us to perform better, too, in games. I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll hear a reaction from our fans, just because of that. We’re here for them and we know they’re supporting us.”

Lindor lifted his first home run as a Met last week at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, but since that three-hit night, Lindor has gone 4-for-21 (.190) with four strikeouts and no extra-base hits.

Rojas was asked if he thought switching leagues may have something to do with Lindor’s struggles, and while he’s not ready to say that’s a factor, he did say he believes is currently a bit too pull-happy at the plate.

“It’s so early. I feel like, just watching him in camp and how good he swung the bat in camp, I just feel that he’s one swing away, one at-bat away,” Rojas said. “I keep saying it because he’s got good body control, he’s got good feel for what he’s doing there.

“Right now, it’s just kind of like his swing is a little off. Some of those pitches that are middle to middle-away, it’s almost like he’s trying to pull. So, I don’t think it’s something that’s going to be too much of a task for him to overcome. We just played game 18 now out of 162, so I think it’s just going to come to one day where it clicks and he’s going to be hot.”

Lindor and the Mets will look to get back on track on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m., as Jacob deGrom takes the hill against Nick Pivetta on SNY.