5 important Mets spring training storylines to keep your eyes glued to

Mets spring training stories to follow under the St. Lucie sunshine.

Mar 19, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) and New York
Mar 19, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) and New York / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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4) Ensuing battles once someone gets hurt

Someone will inevitably get hurt during the spring. We’re just going to have to hold our breath and ask whatever being we personally believe in creating the universe to make it someone who can be replaced. The presence of Jeff McNeil on the team makes it so the Mets have an obvious someone to turn to for most injuries. His absence, however, could push us into seeing a lot more Joey Wendle right from the start.

The Mets aren’t going into this year’s spring training with as many battles as they have put together in the past. Brett Baty is mostly unchallenged at third base with only Mark Vientos and his more questionable defensive skills posing a threat of any kind. An injury will completely change just how many skirmishes begin.

While the Mets have some intriguing pitching options in case of an injury, the worrisome area is with the position players. There isn’t a proven prospect at the Triple-A level yet. Depth pieces brought in from the outside include Trayce Thompson, Jose Iglesias, and a few others who’ll just be temporary. A devastatingly long injury could quickly create a hole.

The one player the Mets should be especially cautious with is Starling Marte. Marte getting back to his 2022 form could be the difference between this lineup looking deep and being cut in half. And as far as replacements in right field go, is Drew Gilbert ready?