2 Mets we're gaining confidence in for the Rays series, 2 that make us timid of a turnaround

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Mets outfielder Starling Marte is showing signs of life after a horrific start to the season

Batting in the #2 hole during his tenure with the Mets, Starling Marte was a key piece of the lineup for the 2022 season. He was a reliable base stealer and would often set the table for the heavy hitters to drive in runs once he got on base.

However, 2023 has been a step back for Marte. Hitting .243 on the season, he has seen his role in the offense diminish. Marte has seemingly been bumped out of the top of the order, and has struggled to put any power behind the ball all season.

This recent four game series vs the Washington Nationals may have been just what Marte needed to break his season long slump. He hit 7 for 16 over the weekend, and his contributions were vital in every game for the Mets. Marte also recorded his 10th and 11th stolen bases, which lead the team by a considerable margin and are an important part of the Mets strategy that has been lacking thus far.

For what figures to be a difficult series, the Mets will desperately need Marte to continue his hot streak. Not only is his bat important, having a base stealing threat will be crucial to steal some runs for a team that is struggling to score any. If Marte can find his way on base frequently during this series, the Mets have a much better chance of coming away with a series win, and Marte might find his way back into the #2 spot in no time.