MLB Team of the Week: Francisco Lindor leads the Mets

from Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

Last week was a great week Major League Baseballand no one impressed more than New York Metswho dominated their division rivals, the Atlanta Bravesin four of their five meetings at Citi Field.

Francisco Lindor has been vital to the Mets’ success this year, and that didn’t change against the Braves. On the week, Lindor hit .400 with two home runs and 8 RBI. Since the All-Star break, he’s had almost as much hitting success, with a .393 batting average and a hit in 15 straight games. He scored nine runs in August, the most of any player in the league.

After a rough year for Lindor, this season has been a nice comeback story for a guy who was considered the best shortstop in baseball until he was traded to the Mets. Now, after that rough first season in New York, the talented, hard-hitting shortstop is back to form.

Welcome to Team of the Week, where I go position by position, picking the best player at each position from the past week. Lindor leads the way; let’s see who else is on the team.

The New York Mets took home this week’s Team of the Week

The New York Mets took home this week's Team of the Week

Ben Verlander breaks down his team of the week.

° С Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers

Smith entered Sunday on a career-high nine-game hitting streak before it ended tonight. He leads all catchers with 59 RBIs this year, and he added six more this week while batting .417.

1B Pete AlonsoNew York Mets

Alonso has 95 RBI on the season, more than his total for the 2021 season. He is coming off a monster week in which he had nine RBI (thanks to three home runs) and a .375 average.

2B Jeff McNeillNew York Mets

McNeil has a 10-game hitting streak and ranks in the top 10 in MLB in batting average at .304. In 31 at-bats last week, he had a hit in 14, leading to a .452 average.

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3B Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies

Bohm had the second four-hit game of his career last week and has been a huge part of the Phillies’ recent surge. Bohm hit .364 with two home runs and four RBI.

ON Tyler NaquinNew York Mets

Naquin was traded to the Mets at the deadline, and in his first full week with his new team, he made quite an impression. Naquin hit .421 with two home runs and four RBI. He had his first multi-HR game of the season against the Braves and hit .348 in eight games with New York after hitting .246 in 56 games for the Reds.

ON Mookie BettsLos Angeles Dodgers

Betts leads the NL in runs scored with 79, and the Dodgers are 46-10 in games in which he scores. The Dodgers didn’t lose last week and Betts’ .333 BA, two HR and seven RBI were a huge reason why.

ON Nick CastellanosPhiladelphia Phillies

Castellanos’ year didn’t start the way many thought it would. Around the All-Star break, he started hearing it from fans and reporters, and apparently that motivated him to turn things around. He hit two home runs last week, ending a month-long hitting streak. He also hit .429 with seven RBIs.

DH Daniel FogelbachNew York Mets

Vogelbach is another player who benefited from a trade with the Mets. In 75 games with the Pirates this season, Vogelbach hit .228. In 12 games with the Mets, Vogelbach is hitting .324, and last week he hit back-to-back home runs for the first time this season. He finished the week hitting .318 with two HRs and six RBIs.

SP Reid Detmers, Los Angeles Angels

Dettmers has had an up-and-down season, with the highest highs coming when he threw a no-hitter against the Rays in May. The rookie’s season then took a turn for the worse, eventually leading to him being sent down to the minors.

Since being called back to the big tournament, he has performed well. In his last five starts, Detmers is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA. He was dominant last week, with two starts, a 1.29 ERA and 19 K in 14 IP.

CP Liam Hendrix, Chicago White Sox

Hendricks is eighth in MLB in saves this season with 22, and last week he had three more without allowing a hit in his three outings. He gave up just one hit in five strikeouts.

Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and host of “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.

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