4 Mets players disappointing us the most this season
By Tim Boyle
2) NY Mets outfielder Starling Marte is on the decline
Starling Marte was such a hugely important piece of the Mets lineup last season. When he landed on the IL late in the season, the bats scuffled. There were no answers to replace him. If there is a singular moment when the Mets lost the National League East, it was when Marte got hurt and we had to see a lot more Darin Ruf and Tyler Naquin.
Marte’s season hasn’t been very good to the point where a report about how he played all season hurt feels like it’ll come out after the season. He hasn’t lost a step when it comes to running the bases. He remains a threat and even more so thanks to the MLB rule changes which favors thievery.
The bat has been slower than his legs. Marte holds a .223/.298/.285 slash line with a home run and 8 RBI. He has 9 stolen bases already but not benefitting from the changes to the game due to his lack of even getting to first base.
We should question if Marte is dealing with some nagging injuries. It’s still no excuse for the poor performance.
If the struggles do continue, the Mets should start thinking about making a change to the lineup. The big issue here is what can they really do? The team isn’t hitting much at all. Marte is not their biggest problem, just a huge disappointment.