ANAHEIM, Calif. — Francisco Lindor understands the anticipation of two Mets aces doubtlessly returning within the coming weeks, however isn’t ready round to get rescued.
Because the NL East race continues to tighten, the Mets shortstop mentioned Sunday that any ideas Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer alone will carry the group upon returning are misguided.
“Nobody on this group is the savior — nobody,” Lindor mentioned earlier than the Mets confronted the Angels to finish a 10-game, 11-day journey. “All of us are a group, all of us consider in one another, all of us depend on one another. We wish [deGrom and Scherzer] to be again, they’re an enormous a part of our group, however nobody here’s a savior.
“It could be unfair for them to return again and us to say, ‘You’re the savior. Go and take us to the Promised Land.’ That’s not honest for them. On the finish of the day we simply should play the sport the fitting method, proceed to play the sport the fitting method and revel in it whereas we have now it as a result of it might be an extended, lengthy season.”
DeGrom and Scherzer have been throwing off a mound in rehab work, with the latter maybe a smidge forward in his timeline as he prepares to face stay hitters. The Mets might have one or each pitchers again by late June/early July. DeGrom is recovering from a stress response on his proper scapula that has stored him sidelined since spring coaching. Scherzer is rehabbing from a left indirect pressure.
The Mets entered play 4-5 on the West Coast journey and had watched their 10 ½-game lead within the division dwindle to 5, after the Braves on Sunday gained an eleventh straight contest.
Lindor, who has predicted an NL East dogfight all alongside, is hardly stunned by the Braves’ surge.
“It was going to be silly for me to suppose that we had been going to win the division by 15 video games or 12 video games,” Lindor mentioned. “If we win it by 12 video games, it is going to be wonderful, however I count on it to be a good race in August and September. I sort of count on it to be tight the entire total yr and the Braves, they positively know how one can play deep into October.
“The best way I see it the aim is to not win the primary half, the aim is to win late in September, to be the highest group late in September. If we could be on high all yr, wonderful, however I really consider that it’s going to be a good race. We have now to proceed to grind. Proper now our highway is uneven, it’s not a straight line. It’s not going up, it’s not happening. It’s very uneven proper now.”
After a Might surge during which he helped carry the lineup, Lindor (who fractured his proper center finger within the double doorways in his resort suite at the beginning of the journey), entered play with a .189/.225/.297 slash line for June with one homer and three RBIs.
“I haven’t checked out my numbers, however I personally really feel like I haven’t finished sufficient to assist the group win out right here within the West,” Lindor mentioned. “I’m not annoyed, however I’m not content material with the place I’m both. I simply really feel like I’ve acquired to do some bit extra to assist the group win for certain.”
In analyzing the schedule, Lindor is aware of the Mets can’t loosen up simply because they’re headed residence.
“This month goes to be a really difficult month,” he mentioned. “We have now Milwaukee, Miami after which we have now Houston and we have now Miami once more, so it’s a really difficult month, however I believe that may say loads about our group, how we are able to compete day after day with actually good groups.”