Mets' Francisco Lindor struck out swinging to end the sixth...

Mets' Francisco Lindor struck out swinging to end the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies in an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

It is easy to miss in a season when he has been perhaps the Mets’ most consistent, productive and valuable position player, but Francisco Lindor is stuck in his longest hitless streak of the season: 0-for-19 after an 0-for-4 effort in a 1-0 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

“Here we go,” he said afterward, anticipating the topic being broached during a postgame session with a couple of reporters. “I said it was going to happen, and it is. It’s that part of the year. I’m going to have good times, I’m going to have bad times. I’m in it. Hopefully I can get out of it sooner rather than later.”

There is no rhyme or reason to this rut, he said. His most recent hit was a fourth-inning single against the Yankees on Monday. Before this stretch, he hadn’t had consecutive hitless games since early July.

“Just part of the game,” he said. “I might go 10-for-10 against the Dodgers [on Tuesday through Thursday]. Or I might go 0-for-10. Who knows? I just got to be better.”

Manager Buck Showalter said: “There’s an ebb and flow of the season, and obviously he’s been out there posting up for us and playing solid shortstop. He’s been a consistent guy. Everybody in that lineup has had ups and downs. These guys spoil us with a high level of play, so when they don’t have a couple of hits or something, it’s like, what’s wrong? Well, sometimes what’s wrong is the other team is really good that day.”

Waiting game

Top prospect Francisco Alvarez remains in a holding pattern while the Mets have several doctors check out his injured right ankle. A team official said the club doesn’t anticipate revealing a diagnosis or treatment plan — or whether surgery is an option — until at least Thursday.

General manager Billy Eppler declined to comment “until we have gathered all qualified opinions.” Alvarez, 20, hasn’t played for Triple-A Syracuse since Tuesday. His ankle was sore, so the Mets brought him to New York City to get it examined.

 

As the rotation turns

The Mets will keep their rotation in line for their series against the Dodgers: Taijuan Walker on Tuesday, Jacob deGrom on Wednesday and Chris Bassitt on Thursday. Los Angeles hasn’t revealed its probable pitchers yet, but Clayton Kershaw might return from the injured list (low back pain) on Thursday. He hasn’t faced the Mets since 2019.

Extra bases

Starling Marte’s absence from the starting lineup Sunday was for a routine day off, Showalter said. But the manager noted, “He still kind of comes and goes with the injury that he had.” Marte has dealt with quadriceps and groin problems this season . . . Eduardo Escobar got through his first game back from the IL on Saturday fine, according to Showalter, but Brett Baty played third Sunday in part because Showalter didn’t want the rookie sitting around for three days. . . . Showalter said he has made promises to bets with his players based on if the Mets win the World Series, and one of them “has to do with the color of my hair.”