Francisco Lindor Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 11" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/14/1993 (27)
Francisco Lindor Season Stats
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Francisco Lindor News
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (oblique) will require a four-to-six week recovery from his right oblique strain, which would place a likely return date at mid-to-late August, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. This is the first time we're hearing about a timeframe for return, and while that's obviously a good sign, as we've seen with other players this season, it's hard to tell exactly how long an oblique injury will take to fully heal up. Lindor has had a disappointing season this year, hitting .228 with a .702 OPS across 87 games. But in his last 14 games prior to the injury, he had begun to heat up at the plate by slashing .317/.462/.463 with two home runs, two steals, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. Until he returns, Luis Guillorme will continue to see increased playing time at shortstop.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (oblique), who was put on the 10-day injured list on Saturday, has a Grade 2 oblique strain. Lindor said he doesn't have a timetable for a return. "I'd love to say it's day to day, but it's not. It's more week to week." Despite the bad news for the Mets and fantasy managers, Lindor is confident that he will return this year. Don't expect a quick return, as oblique injuries are often tricky to come back from. The 27-year-old has a disappointing .228 average and .326 on-base percentage, but he has 11 home runs and eight stolen bases and is a must-stash in all fantasy leagues. Luis Guillorme is starting at the 6 on Saturday and should see increased playing time with Lindor out, but he's strictly an NL-only asset.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (oblique) is being placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with a right oblique strain, according to Justin Toscano of NorthJersey.com. Lindor exited Friday's game and appeared to be in pain after grounding out to second in the top of the fifth inning, and it was later announced as an oblique injury. There have been several big name players to deal with oblique strains this season, and Lindor is the latest to join that list. This could end up costing Lindor significant time based on how it's gone with guys like George Springer and Adalberto Mondesi, but given the nature of the injury it's hard to tell exactly how long this will keep Lindor sidelined. This injury also comes at a bad time for Lindor, who had struggled to open the year but was heating up at the plate as he slashed .264/.361/.465 with seven homers, four steals, 25 RBI and 27 runs scored over 42 games since June 1. With the return of J.D. Davis, it seems likely that while Lindor is out, Davis will resume duties at third base while Jonathan Villar will pencil in at shortstop.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor had a lot made of his relatively disappointing final year with the Cleveland Indians, a campaign in which he posted his worst wRC+ (102) and lowest OPS ever (.750). With a player as great as Lindor is, it's best not to put too much stock into down numbers from a weird and shortened season. That said, it's still worth examining where those numbers came from. Lindor, like many MLB hitters, thrives on fastballs. He had seen them on 58.7% of pitches during the height of his power pinnacle from 2017-19. In 2020, opposing pitchers offered him fastballs just 53% of the time, making up the difference, naturally, with breaking balls and off-speed stuff. Among the many things Lindor excels at, hitting breaking balls consistently is historically not one of them. Diving further into this trend, Lindor has developed a tendency to become aggressive early in counts. From 2016-18, he swung at the first pitch of a plate appearance just 21.6% of the time. Since the start of 2019, that number has jumped to 26.7%. Pitchers have used this against him of late, as he saw a significant uptick in first-pitch breaking balls from 2019 (25.2%) to 2020 (31.3%). He had a swing-and-miss rate of 43.8% on breaking balls in 0-0 counts in 2020. Considering most of the best pitchers in the AL Central the last few years were his own teammates, it's worth taking these trends into account as he heads to the pitching-stacked NL East. It would be an oversimplification to say that Lindor needs to lay off breaking balls or get better at hitting them, but perhaps reverting back to a more patient approach early in counts would serve him well and draw more first-pitch fastballs. In any case, he remains one of the league's top fantasy shortstops as he joins a deep Mets lineup that should provide him plenty of protection no matter where he hits in it.