Mets star shortstop Francisco Lindor Jul 7, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have not had the season that most expected to this point, sitting near the bottom of the NL East with a 42-49 record. Mets star shortstop Francisco Lindor was asked about the struggles, and got brutally honest about what the team needs to do to turn things around.

Mets owner Steve Cohen offered some harsh words towards the team back in June, saying that at some point it is on the players to go out and produce on the field.

Lindor appeared on the On Base Podcast with Mookie Betts, and was asked how he felt about Cohen’s past comments. He largely agreed with Cohen, saying that he and his teammates do need to play better.

“He kept it very professional,” Lindor said of Cohen. “He kept it real. When you are educated in a subject, you are going to be in tune with what is happening. I respected it, I thought it was a great press conference. He’s right, we have got to play better. Front offices can put the best team together on paper, but if us the players don’t execute and don’t do the job, it’s not the best team.”

It is certainly refreshing to hear Lindor take the blame as a player for the team’s struggles, especially since it has seemed like Mets manager Buck Showalter has been somewhat disconnected about how much the team is really underperforming.

The Mets sit eight games outside of a Wild Card spot in the National League, so they will certainly need to get hot in a hurry to get back into the playoff race.

If we don’t see some huge improvements quickly, we could see some huge changes to the team at the MLB trade deadline in the beginning of August.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.