5 big Mets spring training performances from 2023 that turned out to be a fluke

This is why you don't get too excited about spring training numbers.
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4) Starling Marte

Starling Marte’s injury is the excuse we all hope is the reason why the 2023 season turned out to be so unproductive. This is the best case scenario for the Mets right fielder. They need him badly.

Marte wasn’t completely unwatchable last year. He had a successful spring training going 11 for 32. He even added 4 doubles and a home run. The .344/.361/.563 slash line was exactly what we wanted out of a veteran leader going up against minor league pitchers on a regular basis down in Florida.

However, the fun was short-lived. Although he missed a lot of time for the Mets, Marte did still appear in 86 games. In the slightly more than half a season, he was a shell of himself. Slashing .248/.301/.324 along the way, the absence of any sort of power was one of the bigger declines. He finished the year with only 7 doubles and 5 home runs. 

Some bad luck might have been at work here as Marte increased his hard-hit percentage from 33.9% to 39.7% from 2022 to 2023. The exit velocity went up slightly, too. There weren’t too many overly negative trends to explain other than a nearly 6% drop in line drives and going the opposite way more often—although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Those nagging injuries might’ve been what caused Marte to have such a bad regular season after a hot spring. Keep your fingers crossed.