Starling Marte will arrive tomorrow. We can put the #FreeStarlingMarte hash tags away. Mission accomplished.
I've been saying one thing about Marte since his hot streak at the end of June: let's be patient. Everyone wanted to call him up after he exploded for nine games at the end of June. My stance on July 1st: give him a month to see if he was legit, and to make sure this wasn't a hot streak.
In the month of July, Marte put up a .293/.363/.554 line in 92 at-bats. That's almost similar to his numbers in the month of June. Looking at the big picture, you could make an argument that he was ready. I wrote this in that article on July 1st.
Marte had an .830 OPS in April. He slumped in May with a .653 OPS, and his slump started before he went down with a wrist injury. Then in June he had a .944 OPS. Right now the outlier looks to be May. But it’s hard to trust an outlier when there are only three choices. If Marte puts up another strong month in July, it will strengthen the argument that...
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