Shortstop Francisco Lindor will look to lead the New York Mets again on Saturday when they visit the Miami Marlins.
Lindor had four RBIs Friday night as the Mets won Game 1 of a three-game series, 5-3.
It was the second time he had driven four-point since accidentally slamming a hotel door with his right middle finger, but he was undeterred.
“Be careful with the double doors,” Lindor joked Friday after his big game. “The second thing I learned is that it’s just a finger. Other people have bigger problems in life.
“I’m the kind of player who will do anything to win.”
This has been evident all season. Lindor is hitting just .246, but he has 12 homers, 56 RBIs and a .750 OPS. His career-high for the RBI was 92 with Cleveland in 2018, and he’s way ahead of that pace.
“He’s hot right now,” said Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara, who suffered the loss Friday when he gave up a solo home run and a brace to Lindor. “He got me. He hit the ball hard. I want to give him some credit.
Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers (3-6, 5.83 ERA) will try Saturday to contain Lindor, who is a switch hitter.
Lindor is dangerous on either side, posting an .810 OPS as a right-handed hitter and .824 from the left.
Rogers will face the Mets for the second time this week. The Mets beat him 6-0 on Monday as Rogers allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings.
For his career, however, Rogers is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts against the Mets. He has 34 strikeouts in 25 innings.
The Marlins are just 4-9 this year leaving Rogers. He hasn’t lasted six innings since accomplishing the feat on April 28.
New York will counter Rogers with right-hander Chris Bassitt (5-5, 4.03).
Bassitt has only faced the Marlins once, last Sunday, when Miami beat him 6-2. He allowed five hits, two walks and three runs in 6 1/3 innings, striking out a season-high nine batters.
The Mets are 8-6 starting Bassitt, but the veteran has lost three of his last four outings.
Injuries are expected to play a part in Saturday’s game.
The Marlins are particularly vulnerable in their infield, where Brian Anderson and Joey Wendle are on the disabled list.
Additionally, Miami played Friday without shortstop Miguel Rojas, who was ruled out with a bruised bone in his right foot. In the fifth inning, Miami suffered another injury on the field when second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. left the game due to back spasms.
“That (injury) foot is probably something that (Rojas) will have to play with, but (on Friday) he didn’t feel like he could go,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He felt like with a day off he could be back (Saturday).
“With Jazz, I hope we get him out of there in time and he gets treatment. He got tight on his second at bat.
The Mets removed starting receiver James McCann from the disabled list on Friday, although he did not play. Mets manager Buck Showalter said McCann will start on Saturday, making his return from a broken left wrist he suffered on May 11.
New York also picked up key reliever Seth Lugo from paternity leave on Friday.
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