The first of many home runs by Francisco Lindor with the New York Mets.
The Mets traded for Lindor this offseason, and then proceeded to lock him up on a 10-year, $341 million extension to keep him from testing free agency after just one season in Queens. While he was a part of a World Series contender in Cleveland, Lindor’s potential impact on the Mets over the next decade as the face of the franchise is exactly what Steve Cohen had in mind when he bought the team.
On Wednesday evening, Lindor launched his first home run of the season, as well as his first wearing Mets’ blue.
New York Mets in first place in the crowded NL East
The NL East is expected to be a battle all season long, with the Mets competing with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins for the division crown. Despite not making the playoffs last year, the Mets are favored to win the NL East and win over 95 games, per PECOTA.
Early on this season, the Mets have had several games moved due to COVID-19 regulations and weather. At 7-5, they’ve played six less games than the second-place Phillies.
With Lindor in tow, expect this Mets team to be in the middle of the race all season long.