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Michael Conforto's bat showing signs of life

The Mets' Michael Conforto runs up the first-base

The Mets' Michael Conforto runs up the first-base line after connecting for a double off Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the second inning of a game Sunday in Denver. Credit: AP/David Zalubowski

DENVER — Michael Conforto’s season-opening slump might be over.

Stuck in an 0-for-16 funk entering the weekend, Conforto had multiple hits in two of three games against the Rockies, including a 2-for-4 showing in the Mets’ 2-1 win on Sunday.

The overall numbers aren’t nearly where he wants them — though he bumped his average up to .200 — but his feeling at the plate has improved.

"We’re getting there," he said. "We’re getting closer to who I should be out there. I’m looking forward to playing some more games."

 

Conforto’s early problem, he said, was that he was off balance and not seeing the ball well, and in an attempt to make up for that, he ended up "very out on my front side, out on my front foot."

"It tends to make you late, tends to make you make bad decisions on swings," Conforto said. "I definitely have seen the ball better here at Coors Field. I’ve felt much more comfortable, much more balanced, so I’m seeing it deeper, seeing it longer and I’m ready to swing when the ball is let go. Just in a better spot."

Manager Luis Rojas attributed Conforto’s improvement to being able to play some games.

"It’s what happens," Rojas said. "You play more, you get more at-bats, you work. And you’re going to start feeling like he’s feeling right now. He’s where we want him to be."

Lowly Lindor

Francisco Lindor’s 0-for-4 effort Sunday dropped his average to .189 and his OPS to .557, the lowest among Mets regulars. But he said he’s close.

"It’s usually one swing," said the shortstop, who noted that he still feels good about his at-bats and has walked eight times in 11 games. "One swing gets me back into ‘all right, I’m in my comfort zone.’ That swing hasn’t got there yet. I’m in a good spot, but I’m not in the zone where I’m like ‘all right, it don’t matter what you throw, I’m going to hit it hard.’ "

Riding the regulars

Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor started all four of the Mets’ doubleheader games in the past week. Rojas said that was made possible by the many days off the Mets have had as well as the pandemic rule that makes doubleheader games seven innings.

"Guys are fresh," Rojas said. "We are taking advantage of that because . . . they can come in and play both and still be fresh. So yeah, we’ll take that."

Alonso, Lindor and Nimmo have started all 11 games.

Extra bases

Nimmo (1-for-4) extended his on-base streak to 24 games . . . Seth Lugo (right elbow bone chip surgery) is throwing off a mound but has not faced hitters.

"He’s progressing accordingly, we can say," Rojas said . . . The Mets’ rotation for the Cubs series that begins Tuesday is scheduled to be Taijuan Walker, David Peterson and Jacob deGrom. The Chicago forecast for Tuesday: Chance of snow with a high of 39 degrees. Said Conforto, "Hopefully we get to play."

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