3. Starling Marte’s health
After being hit by a pitch on September 6 and registering just one at-bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte has been on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right middle finger. The big question for the Mets is now when Marte will be ready to come back from the injury.
According to the Mets, the 33-year-old Marte underwent a CT scan on his injured finger, and the scan showed healing was taking place. Marte has recently been hitting and throwing and will continue baseball activities as tolerated, according to team officials.
There is a chance that Marte will return for the pivotal weekend series against the Braves, giving New York an additional boost in the lineup. New York’s primary right fielder has slashed .292/.347/.468 in 505 plate appearances this season, and his 3.7 bWAR ranks fifth among New York’s position players.
If the Mets are able to avoid the Wild Card round, it gives Marte additional time to heal and be back to 100 percent before meaningful October baseball begins. The New York lineup would be back to full strength for whichever opponent the Mets draw in the NLCS, and that’s all any team can hope for when the postseason begins.