Like a New York Mets victory, April is now in the books. The team’s MVP Award for the first month of the season goes to Pete Alonso.
Over the course of 162 games, it’s hard for a team to rely on a person to carry the team. Often you will hear the phrase intakes all 25 guys on the roster to get the job done. However, it can also take just one person with a really good month to help energize a team or keep them afloat. The New York Mets have had several contributors with one rising above the rest.
So far in 2019, the first month of baseball is in the books. The team had some players off to strong starts and some players that need drastic improvement. But one thing that is clear is that the MVP of the Mets in the month of April is Pete Alonso.
After all the speculation about whether Alonso would start the year with the Mets or in Triple-A Syracuse, the Mets decided to keep him on the roster as the season began. That decision ended up being a wise move as Alonso has impressed everyone with his power.
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Alonso hit 9 home runs in the month of April, which tied the Mets rookie club record. Only two other players in history had more RBI than Alonso in the month of April when they were rookies (Jose Abreu and Albert Pujols). The Mets offense has been electric to start the season as they battled back from numerous deficits, but the offense starts with Alonso.
If you would have said at the beginning of the year that the Mets were going to get lackluster starts from Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard fans would have called you crazy. No one expected for the offense to outplay the pitching staff. But that is exactly what has happened in the first month of the season.
Others have had some strong Aprils as well. Edwin Diaz has been as good as advertised as he’s converted all save chances given. He has been one of the few bright spots in that bullpen. But Alonso’s impact in the lineup stands out more and of course, you can’t win if you don’t score runs.
It has been a while since the orange and blue have had a homegrown power threat like this in their lineup. Alonso gives them the chance to be back in the game with one swing. In Spring Training many people were worried about his defense, but Alonso has not made that a big deal at all. After getting off to a shaky start defensively in the Spring, Alonso has looked solid at first base giving them very little to be concerned about.
Fans would love for Alonso to keep up the great work and reel in a Rookie of the Year award in 2019. But for now, we’ll have to be satisfied with the great month Alonso was able to put together.
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Who knows, maybe Alonso will repeat as the team MVP in the month of May.