MLB Team of the Week: Francisco Lindor gets Mets rolling

Through Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB analyst

Last week was a great week in Major League Baseballand nobody impressed more than that New York Metswho dominated their divisional rivals, the Atlanta Bravesin four of their five sessions at Citi Field.

Francisco Lindor has been instrumental 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 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, he’s had almost as much success at batting, with a .393 batting average and one hit in 15 straight games. He hit nine runs in August, the most of any player in the league.

After a rough year for Lindor, this season was fine comeback history for a man who was considered baseball’s best shortstop until his move to the Mets. Now, after a tough first season in New York, the talented shortstop is back on form.

Welcome to Team of the Week, where I go position by position, picking the best player at each spot from the past week. Lindor goes ahead; Let’s see who else made the team.

The New York Mets take on Team of the Week this week

The New York Mets take on Team of the Week this week

Ben Verlander introduces his team of the week.

C Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers

Smith started Sunday with a career-high nine-game hitting streak before ending that night. He leads all catchers this year with 59 RBIs and added six more this week while batting with .417.

1B Peter AlonsoNew York Mets

Alonso is at 95 RBIs this season, more than his 2021 season overall. He comes off a monster week in which he tackled nine RBIs (thanks to three home runs) and a .375 average.

2 B Jeff McNeilNew York Mets

McNeil has a 10-game hit streak going and is in the top 10 in MLB with a .304 batting average. In 31 at-bats last week, he hit in 14, resulting in a .452 average.

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3B Alec Boehm, Philadelphia Phillies

Bohm scored the second four-goal game of his career last week and was a big part of the Phillies’ recent surge. Bohm hit .364 with two homers and four RBIs.

FROM Tyler NaquinNew York Mets

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

FROM Mookie BettsLos Angeles Dodgers

Betts leads the NL in runs with 79, and the Dodgers are 46-10 in games where he scores a run. The Dodgers didn’t lose last week, and Betts’ .333 BA, two HRs and seven RBIs were a big reason.

FROM Nick CastellanosPhiladelphia Phillies

The year of Castellanos didn’t start the way many people had imagined. Hearing it from fans and reporters around the All-Star break, it obviously motivated him to turn things around. Last week he hit two home runs ending a month-long streak without a homer. He also hit .429 with seven RBIs.

DH Daniel VogelbachNew York Mets

Vogelbach is another player who benefited from a trade to the Mets. In 75 games with the Pirates this season, Vogelbach hit .228. In 12 games with the Mets, Vogelbach has hit .324, and last week he hit a home run in consecutive games for the first time this season. He ended the week at .318 with two HRs and six RBIs.

SP Reid Detmers, Angels from Los Angeles

Detmers has had a season of ups and downs, with the highest highs coming when he threw a no-hitter against the Rays in May. After that, the rookie’s season took a turn that eventually led to him being sent into the minors.

He’s served well since getting his call back to the majors. In his last five starts, Detmers is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA. Last week was dominant, with two starts, a 1.29 ERA and 19km in 14 IP.

CP Liam Hendricks, Chicago White Sox

Hendriks is ranked eighth in MLB this season with 22 saves, and he added three more last week without conceding a run in his three games. He gave up just one hit with five strikeouts.

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

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