New York Mets: Pete Alonso Year in Review

The New York Mets star first baseman put together one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time. Pete Alonso was incredible from start to finish and gave the Mets their future captain for years to come.

Alonso stamped his name on baseball history multiple times this season. He moved his way up the single season rookie home run records to eventually finish with 53 home runs which was the most ever by a rookie and led the MLB. To go along with the homers, he hit .260 with a .583 slugging percentage, 30 doubles, 72 walks and 120 runs batted in.

Alonso hit a wall in July as he hit .177, but hit .264 for the last two months of the season. At times, Alonso chased outside of the zone because he was tired of being pitched around. Towards the end of the season, his strikeouts increased and his walks decreased. As he gets adjusted to the league more, he should be able to push 100 walks in a season.

Defense? No Problem!

One of the major questions surrounding Alonso was his ability to play first base. From what the scouts said, many would think Alonso could not field to save his life. Since the start of the season, his defense has gradually improved to a point where he is fully capable of being an everyday first baseman.

Alonso had a .990 fielding percentage and the sabermetrics rated him as an average fielder. He spent plenty of time throughout the year becoming a capable defender. The only criticism on his defense was that he was too aggressive, but the Mets would rather have that than Alonso being tentative.

The New Captain?

From the beginning, it seems like Alonso understood what it took to be a leader. From supporting first responders to facing the media everyday the same way David Wright did, the Mets embraced him as their leader. Alonso played in 161 games and wished he could be out there for the one game he missed. His character is something the Mets missed while Wright was on the shelf and Alonso took the reigns during his first year in Flushing.

Alonso is a lock for the Rookie of the Year award and will even receive some MVP and Silver Slugger votes. He will headline the young Mets for the next few years and bring relevance back to Citi Field.

Grades:

Contact: C, once he improves his strikeout rate he can reach .280-.290 with his average.

Power: A+, unmatched and led the MLB in homers.

Defense: B, one of the hardest working guys in the organization.

Speed/Baserunning: C-, only 1 stolen base, but a good baserunner with surprising speed.

Overall: A+, the Mets could not have asked for a better season.

 

New York Mets: Pete Alonso Gives Custom Gear to 9/11 Memorial

Pete Alonso simply has what it takes to be a leader and a captain. Despite growing up outside of New York for a majority of his life, the Mets first baseman quickly understood the impact of the attacks. He even ordered custom cleats for him and his teammates to commemorate those affected by the attacks and on Tuesday, he donated them to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Alonso remembered being pulled out of school during the attacks, but he was not old enough to truly realize the impact it had. When he went to Brooklyn to play for the Cyclones in 2016, he started to learn how deep of an impact it had on the city.

Man of the People

When the MLB continued to deny the Mets from wearing first responder hats on 9/11, Alonso knew he had to figure out a way they could show their support. The custom cleats with the colors of the American flag and first responder logos were on display during their 9/11 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Alonso was an All-Star, home run derby champion, owner of the rookie home run leader, but has been even bigger off the field. He has been proud of what he can do since he has a much larger platform to do good. When he won the home run derby, he donated $100,000 to charity, half of it went to Tunnel to Towers. It is a non-profit for families of NYC servicemen and women.

Alonso says he is never going to fully understand the impact, but all he wants to do is help. For the Mets they look like they have their leader and face of the franchise for the next decade.

New York Mets: Pete Alonso Sets the Record

Pete Alonso finally did it. The Mets first baseman hit his 53rd home run to pass Aaron Judge and become the greatest rookie home run hitter of all time. It caps off an amazing season and gives the Mets something to look forward to as they move into 2020.

The home run was off Mike Foltynewicz and was typical of the year Alonso has put together. It was a long, booming home run to right center field and would have cleared the fences of the old Citi Field. Alonso gave it a little walk and a mini bat flip before soaking in the moment. He crossed home plate to pump up the fans and greet his teammates.

An Amazin Story

Heading into spring training, there plenty of concerns about Alonso. Many felt his glove still needed a lot of work and there was even consideration to keeping him in the minors to start the season. Alonso worked hard on his glove throughout the year and showed he is here to stay. His emotions of the entire season got to him when he went back out to his position after the home run.

In college, Alonso was told his dream was too unrealistic. Now he is living the dream and is the first Met and rookie to lead the MLB in home runs. Alonso is the superstar the Mets have been searching for since David Wright retired and potentially could be a captain next season. He gives Mets fans reasons to believe the Mets can make a legitimate postseason run in 2020.

New York Mets: A Bittersweet Victory

The Mets came into Wednesday night’s game needing the impossible to happen to keep their season alive. In a blowout victory, headlined by a masterful Jacob deGrom and an offensive onslaught that was overshadowed by the Mets being eliminated from playoff contention.

Jacob deGrom sealed his lock for the NL Cy Young award with his seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and only allowed three baserunners. deGrom finished his season with 23 consecutive scoreless innings and a 2.43 ERA. His last two months of the season have pushed him up the ranks as Hyun-Jin Ryu has not pitched nearly as well as he did early in the season.

Alonso Moves Closer

Pete Alonso blasted a 437-foot home deep in to the left-center field bleachers for his 51st home run. The home run moved him just one behind Aaron Judge for the most by a rookie. Alonso will now have four games to tie and potentially break the rookie home run record. The pitchers he will face though are no pushovers. Alonso will face Jordan Yamamoto, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka.

The Mets piled on 10 runs against the Marlins staff, but they lost Jeff McNeil for the rest of the season. He was hit in his wrist with a pitch and it resulted in the wrist being fractured. Despite the season coming to an end, the Mets certainly would have wanted to keep McNeil healthy through the end. In the two prior seasons they have suffered big injuries at the end of the year. Michael Conforto in 2017 and Brandon Nimmo in 2018.

Unfortunately, the Mets were eliminated from postseason contention after the Brewers won. The Mets magnificent second half should not go over looked. Coming out of the All-Star break we all knew the Mets needed a miracle to get back in the race. They went 36-20 in the second half and showed they are able to contend with the top teams in baseball. In 2020, they have to show they can play well from game 1 through game 162.

What Does The Future Look Like?

The Mets finally have a young core that will be in place next season. With the exception of Zack Wheeler, their entire starting rotation is under contract next season. If the Mets can solidify their bullpen, they will put themselves in a prime opportunity to contend for a division crown. Resigning Wheeler also would not hurt either.

The biggest questions lies in management. Mickey Callaway helped lead this team out of the gutter, but he was part of the reason why they played poorly. Callaway wants to stay, but in the end Brodie Van Wagenen will decide if he gets the boot.

New York Mets: Great Win, But Nothing to Show for It

The New York Mets rode the right arm of their defending Cy Young winner, Jacob deGrom, to a big 8-1 victory to start their series against the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, due to wins from the Nationals and Brewers, the Mets did not gain any ground in the wild card race.

deGrom gave the Mets exactly what they needed from their ace. He threw seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. The masterful outing lowered his ERA to 2.51 and continues to make a case for why he deserves to the Cy Young winner again. Mickey Callaway was enticed by the idea of throwing deGrom for the eighth, but a five run lead made it easy for him to turn the game over to the bullpen.

Run(s) Support?

This was a game filled with storylines and it was led by Pete Alonso’s 50th home run of the season. It gave the Mets a five run lead and he became the first Met to ever hit 50 home runs a season. Alonso now needs three home runs over the last nine games to pass Aaron Judge for the MLB rookie home run record.

Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario put out homers to provide the all the run support deGrom needed. McNeil ended up finishing the game a triple short of the cycle. Michael Conforto also broke out of his slump with a hit and two walks.

Diaz Big Out

Edwin Diaz had gone eight days without pitching, but Mickey Callaway turned to him in a big spot. He entered the game with 5-0 lead with runners on second and third and Eugenio Suarez at the plate. Diaz struck him out with a 99mph hour fastball to end the inning. At this point in the season, Diaz will take any positive he can get.

Unfortunately, the win just kept the Mets in place. With nine games to go, they need luck on their side to make up three and a half games. At this point they will need to win out and hope for a miracle.

New York Mets: Can Pete Alonso Break the Rookie Home Run Record?

Rookie Pete Alonso has already smashed multiple rookie records throughout his amazing first season with the Mets. He currently sits just six home runs away from breaking Aaron Judge’s rookie home run record. The Mets have 18 games left on their schedule, leaving Alonso with a small window to make history. Can he do it?

For Alonso to break the record, he would have to hit one home run every three games. It is not impossible, but he will be doing it against quality pitching as the Mets try to get into a wild card spot. His two home run game against the Diamondbacks on Monday certainly made it a little easier for Alonso to do the job.

Focus on Making it to October

Despite the records and accolades, Alonso only cares about playing baseball in the postseason. At a young age, Alonso has continuously said the right things no matter how good or bat things have gone this season. Should Alonso break the record, his production will give the Mets the best chance to pull off a wild card miracle.

Alonso is certainly putting together one of the greatest rookie records of all time and a postseason birth would be a cherry on top. It Alonso can carry the Mets to the postseason he could even receive more votes for the MVP. I think we can all agree we would love to see Alonso blossom in October and shatter some more records.

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie Home Run Record Sunday in Kansas City

As the Mets were laying a 10-5 game to bed against the Kansas City Royals, Pete Alonso decided it was a good time to make history. In the ninth inning he took a high fastball from Jacob Barnes and smoked it way back in the left field seats for his 40th home run of the season.

Alonso’s home run broke the record set by Cody Bellinger during his 2017 rookie campaign. Looking back at spring training, the Mets seem foolish for even contemplating starting the season with Alonso in the minors. At the same time they look a little smarter for deciding not to call Alonso up during the end of the 2018 season.

What is the Next Record to Break?

Leaving home runs out of the equation, Alonso is 3 behind the NL and 4 behind the MLB record for most hit by pitch from a rookie. This is obviously minuscule compared to a home run record, but it is always nice to own multiple records  in a rookie season.

The MLB rookie record is 52, set by Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso will need to homer about once every three games to get the record. It is not impossible, but the Polar Bear has his work cut out for him over the last month and a half of the season. All the fans want him to get the record, but one thing for certain is that Alonso only cares about leading the Mets into the postseason.

New York Mets: Surviving The Road Trip

The New York Mets had their ups and downs throughout their road trip. They managed keep themselves alive in the wild card race with a 3-3 record. They dealt with injuries, horrible managing decisions and their inconsistent offense. The Mets will be either one or two games behind the second wild card spot depending on the outcome of Sunday night’s Cubs/Pirates game.

Tough Series Against the Braves

The Braves flexed their muscles in the first two games of the series. Mickey Callaway foolishly pulled Steven Matz out of the second game with just 79 pitches after retiring 14 straight batters. Seth Lugo replaced Matz and was lit up by the Braves and the Mets comeback was not enough to win.

The Mets made up for two losses in the third game with 23-hits in a 10-8 win.  They had a 10-3 lead after seven innings, but it did not last long. The Braves used a barrage of home runs off Drew Gagnon to get the tying run to the plate against Edwin Diaz. Luckily, Diaz shut the door to get the Mets out of Atlanta with a win.

Royal Treatment in Kansas City

The Mets took two out of three from the Royals, capped off by Pete Alonso breaking the NL Rookie Home Run record with his 40th homer in Sunday’s game. The Mets offense went quiet in game one where they lost 4-1. Noah Syndergarrd cruised through his start but ran into trouble during the fifth and sixth inning and blamed it on the humidity.

The Mets beat up the Royals bullpen during the final two games of the series. They scored three off the bullpen on Saturday and eight on Sunday. Zack Wheeler struggled in his second consecutive start, but Edwin Diaz put together his first 1-2-3 inning since July 21 to close out the victory. Amed Rosario even saw sometime in left field during the 11-5 blowout on Sunday.

What’s Next?

The Mets will have a day off Monday, then take on the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs in a huge 9-game home stand. This will be the Mets biggest test of the season and a make or break part of their season.

New York Mets: How Many Awards Can Pete Alonso Win?

It is safe to say Pete Alonso has already exceeded the expectations of the New York Mets throughout his rookie season. He has asserted himself as the current front runner for the NL Rookie of the Year award, but what other hardware can he take home?

Two-Man Chase for ROY

Throughout the last few months Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres have emerged as the top two contenders for the award. Alonso has the edge in hits, home runs, RBIs and walks, Tatis has more triples, stolen bases and a better batting average. Outside of certain categories, both players have very similar stats. Tatis’ defense could be the ultimate factor for the award, but Alonso playing for a winning team could boost his own status as well.

Both players have already put together terrific rookie campaigns. Tatis has flown up the polls for the award since the All-Star break. In MLB’s latest poll he actually had more first place votes than Alonso, but still remained in second place. The second half slump also hurt Alonso in the rankings, but his bat has comeback to life over the last two weeks. Alonso is also two home runs away from breaking the NL rookie record.

Can Alonso Win MVP?

To keep it simple, no. Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich have separated themselves from the rest of the league the same way Alonso and Tatis have for the ROY. If Alonso gets extremely hot again and pushes past 50 home runs, he could enter his name in the discussion. He will also need some help from the Mets as well, knocking the Brewers out of contention could certainly help his case.

Alonso still needs plenty of luck to even become a finalist for the MVP. He will also be in consideration for the sliver slugger for first base. His competition will feature Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy. If Alonso can take home the award, he will become the second Mets first baseman to take home a sliver slugger award, first being Keith Hernandez.

New York Mets: Marcus Stroman’s Mets Debut and Pete Alonso’s Slump

Are the New York Yankees interested in trading for Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman?

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.

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.

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.