Since the first reports came out that Francisco Lindor was headed to the Mets via trade, it has been the talk of the baseball world. There are a plethora of reasons why. In a very slow-moving offseason with regards to free agency, there hasn’t been much to talk about. When you combine that with the superstar status of Lindor and the impact of the New York media, it is no wonder why this trade has created so much buzz.
Since the saddening demise of David Wright, the Mets have been longing for a star to lead them through 162 games on a yearly basis. Sure, Jacob deGrom is still arguably the best pitcher in the league and deservedly so, but his presence is only felt every five days. Francisco Lindor brings an excitement to Queens, one that hasn’t been felt since 2015. In this article, I will present five bold (but possible) predictions for Lindor in the 2021 season.
1. Another 150+ games played:
For a player at the caliber that Lindor is at, he has been incredibly durable. The shortstop position is one of the most physically-demanding, and Lindor has stood up to the test. From the 2016 through 2018 seasons, he played 158, 159, and 158 games respectively. In 2019, his games played took a dip to 143, but he bounced right back in 2020, playing in all 60 games. This may be the least bold of my five predictions, and based off his track record, it is certainly possible that he reaches at least 150 games played.
2. He will have a “30/90” season:
Of the many possibilities that Lindor brings to the table, this is one of the more intriguing to Mets fans. The Mets have had some notable shortstops in Jose Reyes and Rey Ordonez, but none have ever had the capability to hit 30 home runs, and drive in 90 RBIs in a season. Lindor did this in 2018, and was just one RBI shy of reaching 30/90 the previous season. Even in his “off” year of 2019, he still managed to hit 32 bombs and drive in 74 RBIs. He is a true five-tool player, and his ability to hit for power at the shortstop position is possibly the most exciting aspect of his play.
3. He will finish in the Top 5 in MVP voting:
Even though Lindor has taken a step back the past two seasons, he is still just entering his age-27 season. This is when position players typically start to peak, and I think Lindor will follow suit. He brings a lot to the table for New York, and I think a change of scene will prove to be the difference maker. With such a dynamic talent like “Mr. Smile”, the sky is the limit.
4. He will win his third Gold Glove Award:
Lindor brings top tier defense to the table. In 2016, he won his first Gold Glove award, and he earned his second Gold Glove in 2019. Though the former Platinum Glove winner will have to go against the elite defense of fellow NL shortstops like Trevor Story, last season’s winner Javier Baez, and the incredible Fernando Tatis, Jr., he has the ability to perform on the defensive side with the best of them.
5. He will join the “30/30 Club”:
The 30/30 Club has some truly elite members, with the likes of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, and Mike Trout. It takes a great deal of athleticism and power to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season, but I believe Lindor is beyond capable of achieving this feat. He came very close in 2018, hitting 38 home runs and stealing 25 bases, and in 2019 he hit 32 home runs and swiped 22 bags. He is on the cusp of finally reaching this accolade, and I strongly believe 2021 will be the year he finally gets it done. This would be a great addition to his accomplishments, in an already incredible career.