Mets’ Starling Marte continues strong start in Winter League action

After a scheduled day off, Mets outfielder Starling Marte was back in action on Friday night, batting second and serving as the designated hitter for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League.

Marte went 1-for-3 in his first game with a single up the middle and he followed that up with another strong performance at the plate.

After drawing a walk in his first plate appearance, the veteran came up a few innings later with runners on the corners and two outs, and he lined an opposite-field RBI single to drive in his team’s fifth run of the game.

He also showed his speed and heads-up base running, taking second on the throw.

Marte flew out in his next at-bat but he would come up again with the bases empty in the bottom of the seventh, and after falling behind in the count 0-2, he blooped a double down the right field line off long-time MLB reliever Fernando Rodney.

The speedy outfielder is now 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, a walk, and a run scored through two Winter League games but most importantly he appears to be healthy.

It’s still unknown if or when the Mets plan to have him play right field during Winter League action, but either way, it’s certainly encouraging to see him back out there after an injury-plagued 2023 campaign.

If Marte can rebound from what was the worst offensive season of his career it would be a massive boost to the Mets’ lineup.