3 Mets hitters playing better than their numbers say they are
We are heading to a Marte Party soon
Starling Marte has been a great addition to the Mets' ensemble. Marte is an exceptional hitter in any lineup due to his high contact capacity, speed, and great arm in the outfield.
So far in 2023, Starling has been hitting well to a .268/.348/.415/.763 line with 11 hits in 41 at-bats. The Dominican has been effective in stolen bases with four and only one caught stealing.
However, advanced metrics suggest that Mars has been underperforming. His xBA suggests Marte should be hitting around .300 with an xSLG of .470. Marte is third on the team in expected batting quality as measured by the xwOBA.
The Mets' outfielder's numbers are expected to improve and are measured based on his hitting power. This 2023 Marte is batting with better hard-hit contact and barrel% than last year, which projects a greater probability of hit but so far some plays have found the opponent's glove.
Starling has also improved in her swing-and-miss percentage, in almost 9 points less in her K%. He as other hitters on the team, has an elite OBP so far this season.
Undoubtedly, everything indicates that Starling Marte will begin to show better numbers as the season progresses. This is vital to the Mets' offense because of its multiplier effect at the top of the lineup, and its speed on the bases, guaranteeing a better opportunity for the team to score runs and win games.