Tuesday, September 27 2022
Francisco Lindor HR trot close up spring training

Francisco Lindor HR trot close up spring training

After a 2020 season that saw the Mets offense generate the third-highest OPS in MLB, they took a large step backwards – they ranked 24th in that category last season.

But after the additions of Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar, while it’s expected that Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil will improve (they have Pete Alonso, too), it’s hard not to think about what this lineup can do.

And it’s surely been on the mind of the Mets’ shortstop and one of their new outfielders.

“It’s a good offense. We’re gonna do some damage if we stay healthy and we stay within ourself. It’s gonna be fun,” Lindor said.

Marte noted that the lineup isn’t top-heavy – the bottom of the order, especially now with a DH in the National League, will also be a threat.

“I think this lineup can do a lot of great things,” Marte said. “You look at it from the top down, we can score a lot of runs at the top of the order and also at the bottom of the order. We can do a lot of great things. But for us, it’s to stay consistent, it’s to get hot at the right time, and we can do a lot of great things.”

MARTE ON HIS HEALTH, OUTFIELD POSITIONING

Marte had been dealing with oblique soreness at the start of camp, but made his spring debut on Sunday, batting ninth and playing right field.

He went 1-for-2 with a double, and tracked down some difficult fly balls in an unfamiliar outfield.

“Thankfully, I felt really good. Nothing really bothered me. At the plate, I felt good. And out on the field, I felt really good, thank God,” he said.

Marte has never played right field in the majors, and admitted he prefers center. But he said all is so far, so good out there.

“It wasn’t easy. Still gotta continue working out there,” said Marte. “I felt like I was getting good reads, whether it was a lefty batter or a righty batter. But just to continue working tomorrow morning and in the following days just to start feeling more comfortable. But so far, I felt pretty good today…

“Right now, I’m in right field, and that’s kind of what I’m focusing on. Just to make sure that I’m doing everything right.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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