3 Takeaways from the Mets series split with the Arizona Diamondbacks

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Following a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets welcomed the reigning National League Champion Arizona Diamondbacks to Citi Field for a four-game series.

After falling behind 2-0 early in game one, the blue and orange would rally to tie the game before an eighth-inning 430-foot solo shot from former Diamondback J.D. Martinez would lift the Mets to a 3-2 victory.

May 18, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA;  New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) singles in a run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) singles in a run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets would start behind the eight-ball again in game two courtesy of a three-run top of the first by the Diamondbacks before Starling Marte hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the inning.

The blue and orange would eventually open a 10-5 lead before the Diamondbacks scored four in the top of the ninth, but Reed Garrett got Lourdes Gurriel Jr to strike out to secure the 10-9 game-two victory.

Game three was all Diamondbacks, as despite a late rally by the Mets, the black and red held on to win 10-5.

The Diamondbacks bit the Mets early again in game four, with Ketel Marte and Gurriel Jr. hitting a pair of solo shots.

The blue and orange would rally in the third inning, with back-to-back triples by Brandon Nimmo and Martinez giving the Mets a 4-3 lead, which they held until the top of the ninth.

Then Marte struck again, hitting a two-run home run to lift the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win.

Francisco Lindor has come to life

Plenty of Mets have faced criticism this season, but perhaps nobody has dealt with more than Francisco Lindor.

Lindor has come to life as of late and had another impressive series against the Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old went 7-for-15 with two extra-base hits ( a double and home run), three RBIs, and walked once while scoring twice and swiping a pair of bases.

If the blue and orange hope to turn this season around, they will need Lindor to continue to meet expectations.

Danny Young could turn into a valuable reliever for the Mets

After being recalled to take the spot of the recently designated for assignment Jorge López, Danny Young pitched excellently against the red and black.

Young pitched 2.2 innings across three appearances, allowing just one baserunner and no runs while striking out four.

If the 30-year-old continues to pitch like that, he could become a valuable reliever for a bullpen that is expected to be picked clean at the trade deadline.

Mark Vientos continues to prove he belongs

After losing the third base battle to Brett Baty during spring training, Mark Vientos did everything he could to make it back to the big leagues, and during his second stint, the 24-year-old has continued to prove he belongs in the lineup every day.

Vientos went 6-for-16 against the Diamondbacks with one home run and three RBIs while also walking once and scoring twice.

The Connecticut native will look to continue to make an impact as the everyday third baseman and provide the Mets with security at the hot corner that they have been lacking since David Wright retired.

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