OAKLAND, Calif. — Francisco Lindor has been impressed with the big year the cleanup hitter is having behind him in the Mets roster, but expects even more from him in the coming seasons.
Pete Alonso hit his 38th home run on Saturday and took his NL-leading RBI total to 123. Before that, in a 10-4 loss to the Athletics, Lindor was asked by The Post to assess the season of Alonso. Alonso owns a .265/.345/.510 slash line.
“Very good year, but I don’t think it’s been his best year yet,” Lindor said. “I think he’s going to have a few more much better years than this. This year he’s been driving in a lot of races and he’s got a good amount of races at home, but I think he’s got years like Aaron Judge, as he gets older in the game and understands himself a little more, he’s gotten really good years.
“Next year, without the change, his batting average will go up even more, so he will have better years ahead. I am happy. He’s having a great year this year, but he’s yet to sniff his best year.
Judge is in contention for a triple crown this season with the Yankees as he chases Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers. The judge hit 60 homers.
Alonso is sometimes compared to Judge because he broke Judge’s rookie record by breaking 53 home runs in 2019. That total also set a Mets single-season record. Last season, Alonso finished with 37 homers.
On Saturday, Alonso also moved within an RBI of the Mets’ single-season record, shared by Mike Piazza and David Wright.
Judge’s pursuit of the story captivated a wide audience, including Lindor.
“I saw highlights every day,” Lindor said. “I’m a fan of the game and I’m a fan of Aaron Judge and [Shohei] Ohtani too. At first I had Ohtani as MVP, but right now it’s getting really fun for both of them. I don’t want to put any MVP there; it’s not my job. My job is to play the game, but it was fun watching them both.
Lindor said he was glad he didn’t have to vote for the MVP award.
“What Judge and Ohtani are doing is fun for the game,” Lindor said. “I appreciate what they do and I admire it. I know I can’t do what they do. I don’t think I’m 60 [homers] in my body. I may have 40, but I don’t think I have 60 in my system.
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