The New York Mets decision to bring in Marcus Stroman was a major trade that shocked the baseball world. Stroman is set to make his debut on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mets fans are certainly excited to see him pitch.
What Can We Expect From Stroman?
Whether you like his antics or not, Stroman is very confident in his own abilities and has the heart of a Lion. He will fit in very well in the bright lights of New York and the fans will love watching his personality on display.
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 2, 2019
Stroman features one of the best sinkers in baseball along with his sweeping curveball. He has the second highest groundball rate in baseball, which could be an issue for the the Mets defense, but their team defense has been much better of late.
What is Going On With Pete Alonso?
The Mets star rookie has been in a major slump since the All-Star break. He is just 8-for-64 since but has walked 15 times. Most of those walks are due to the fact that teams just are not pitching to Alonso. He has chased more pitches outside of the zone because all he wants to do is hit. Young hitters usually struggle a little when the league starts to make adjustments.
I am not one to discuss lineup construction very much.
Having said that, if the #Mets want to get Pete Alonso more pitches to hit, perhaps removing Robinson Canó from the next place in the lineup should be the objective.
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) July 31, 2019
Some of these struggles occur because Robinson Cano has not been hitting consistently all season. Pitchers would much rather pitch to Cano instead of the power hitting Alonso. Cano has some big hits in Thursday’s win and if he finds any long term success, it could drag Alonso out of his slump.