New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor has not had a particularly effective season. The 27-year old is currenly hitting .222/.317/.380 with a wRC+ of 94 through 442 plate appearances. But on Sunday Night Baseball he became the first player in the history of the Subway Series to hit three home runs in a game; the third home run gave the Mets a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 8th.
The 2-0 pitch was a missed location by the pitcher as you can clearly see the catcher reach back in towards the middle of the plate. That is a spot that you absolutely cannot miss against Lindor as he’s been raking on pitches in the middle to outer third of the plate.
Lindor’s go ahead dinger came after Giancarlo Stanton had tied the game at six in the top of the seventh inning. As Stanton rounded the bases he and Lindor traded words which lead to both benches and bullpens emptying as it looked like a brawl was incoming. Fortunately the umpires and coaching staffs managed to get the situation under control.
Lindor’s second home run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth with one out. It extended the Mets’s lead to two.
He also gave the Mets their first lead of the night in the bottom of the second with a three-run blast.
The Mets held onto the 7-6 lead as they picked up the series win in an emotionally charged weekend in the Big Apple.