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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso home runs making Statcast fun again

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Pete Alonso is crushing baseballs a long way and with impressive exit velocity. The New York Mets slugger has made Statcast numbers fun again.

Statcast numbers for New York Mets position players weren’t all that much fun in 2018. The beleaguered offense didn’t offer up the long home runs or laser hits Statcast profiles. In 2019, it’s a different tale. Pete Alonso has made Statcast numbers fun again.

Alonso’s “fountain shot” versus the Atlanta Braves had an exit velocity of 118.3 miles per hour. The 454-foot dinger is a Statcast marvel which combines speed and distance. The only thing it didn’t have is an outstanding launch angle. However, the low line drive home run looked even more impressive because of how low to the ground it traveled.

This particular home run didn’t display Alonso’s light-tower power. It showed a different kind of strength. On display was his ability to drive a ball out of the park before the outfielder even has a chance to figure out what’s going on.

Alonso has already knocked a pair of 440+ foot home runs. Each traveled with an exit velocity of 112 miles per hour or more. Add in an early-season double where he hit the ball just below 114 miles per hour and suddenly the Mets have a common representative on the Statcast board.

It’s not just Alonso making frequent appearances on Statcast lists. Noah Syndergaard continues to throw some of baseball’s fastest average pitches. This year, he’s joined by Zack Wheeler doing the same. Statcast numbers don’t win games. They do offer a closer glimpse into why a player is performing so well.

Since 2015, Giancarlo Stanton has dominated in the exit velocity field. The former Miami Marlins outfielder and current New York Yankees slugger has been one of the game’s most consistent at hitting the ball hard and often making sure it travels far. Aaron Judge has joined him on these lists ever since he began his MLB career.

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New York City has a new guy crushing baseballs with authority. His name is Pete Alonso and he’s making Statcast a meaningful place to check after each and every time he makes contact.

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