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New York Mets: Not your ordinary first-half award winners

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets competes in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

WAR Horse

The first award to give out for the first half of the 2019 season is the WAR Horse award. As many of you can guess the award goes to the player with the highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) so far this season. That person is none other than Pete Alonso.

We are starting to run out of things to say about Alonso as the season moves along. Alonso has been as good as advertised, maybe even better than advertised.

Alonso has already set the record for most home runs by a Mets rookie and is making his run to break the MLB record for most home runs in a season by a rookie. A record that was set by across town rival Aaron Judge.

Alonso currently has a 4.0 WAR as the first half comes to a close. He will make his way to Cleveland to participate in the All-Star game as he rightfully should. He has been the big offensive bat the Mets have been missing for a long time and to think this is only his first season leaves plenty of fans with optimism that he can become the face of the franchise.

It’s no surprise that three Mets players that are going to the All-Star game are also the top three players in the team’s WAR category. After Alonso, Jacob deGrom sits at second place with a 3.3 WAR and Jeff McNeil rounds it out with a 3.0 WAR.

Alonso is a big contributor to a lot of the better moments for the Mets in 2019 and it would be no surprise if he kept on producing them in the second half.

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