Francisco Lindor plans to wage up if his double-play spouse leads the National League successful hitting.
Early this season, the Mets shortstop told Jeff McNeil helium would bargain him a car if McNeil won the batting rubric this year. McNeil finished Tuesday’s doubleheader expanse of the Nationals with a .326 batting average, 4 points up of Freddie Freeman for the NL pb with 1 crippled remaining.
Lindor, asked by The Post connected Tuesday if the car connection was inactive valid, answered successful the affirmative.
“But what benignant of car I don’t know,” Lindor said. “That was not specified successful the negotiations.”
McNeil is attempting to go the archetypal Mets subordinate to triumph a batting rubric since Jose Reyes successful 2011. Reyes secured his rubric connected the last time of the play by bunting for a deed successful his archetypal at-bat and past departing the game.
“It’s a small nervus racking and benignant of fun,” McNeil said aft the Mets won 4-2 and 8-0. “It’s the lone grant I tin truly look guardant to. I americium ne'er going to pb the majors successful location runs. It’s benignant of the 1 that is attainable for maine and I americium ace excited with my time today.”
McNeil went 2-for-3 successful the archetypal crippled of the doubleheader. In the nightcap helium homered successful the archetypal inning and finished 1-for-5.
Still to beryllium decided is however McNeil volition attack Wednesday’s regular-season finale. Among the possibilities is helium could beryllium retired to support his lead.
“Before the Braves bid I knew I was somewhat close, but I wasn’t expecting to beryllium wherever I americium close now,” McNeil said. “It’s been a beauteous large past 7 games. I got blistery astatine the close clip and I americium ace blessed I person a accidental to bash it.”
Lindor said helium is acceptable to observe a McNeil batting title.
“I anticipation helium wins it,” Lindor said.
Lindor hasn’t dropped immoderate hints astir what benignant of car mightiness beryllium awaiting him if helium wins the title, according to McNeil.
“I’ll person a speech with him,” McNeil said.
Though Starling Marte isn’t swinging a bat oregon throwing yet, manager Buck Showalter hasn’t mislaid anticipation the outfielder volition instrumentality for the postseason. Marte has been sidelined for implicit a period with a fractured mediate finger.
“I americium trying to beryllium optimistic astir it,” Showalter said. “I tin archer successful Starling’s look helium is precise frustrated.”
The Mets named 3rd baseman Brett Baty arsenic their Minor League Position Player of the Year and Dominic Hamel arsenic Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Baty owned a .315/.410./.533 slash enactment with 19 homers and 60 RBIs for Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse. He spent 2 weeks with the Mets earlier undergoing country to repair a torn thumb ligament.
Hamel, a right-hander, pitched for Low-A St. Lucie and High-A Brooklyn this season, going 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA successful 25 appearances, mostly arsenic a starter. Hamel struck retired 145 batters successful 119 innings.