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Mets' Buck Showalter Blames World Baseball Classic for Lindor's Underwhelming Performance

Buck Showalter ties Francisco Lindor's poor performance to his involvement in the World Baseball Classic.

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Mets blame World Baseball Classic for Lindor's poor performance.
Omar Narvaez returns after injury, will share playing time.
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The New York Mets have had a disappointing season so far, with their batting being a particular problem. Manager Buck Showalter has blamed the World Baseball Classic for Francisco Lindor's underwhelming performance, which he attributes to the tournament's February start date. Lindor had a .213/.284/.404 slash line, 10 homers, and 40 RBIs. Narvaez also suffered a left calf strain, while Diaz tore his patellar tendon, which will likely sideline him for the season. However, Showalter notes that Pete Alonso, who leads the MLB with 21 homers, also played in the WBC.

Omar Narvaez, the veteran catcher for the Mets, has returned to the team after representing Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and suffering a left calf strain that put him on the injured list. Manager Buck Showalter plans to play him regularly to help him get back into the swing of things. Narvaez's return will reduce rookie Francisco Alvarez's playing time, although Showalter plans to use both catchers' skills as needed.

WBC Strikes Again: Lindor's Slump Worries Mets' Fans

The Mets lost 6-4 to the Braves on Tuesday night, with their four hits coming only in the first four innings. After that, the Braves' pitchers didn't allow any more hits. With a 30-31 record, the Mets are 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves. However, Showalter remains confident that his players will turn things around. With the trade deadline approaching, the Mets will need to address their issues if they hope to make the playoffs.

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