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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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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 18: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets rounds thirds base after hitting a solo homer in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Flushing Fisherman

The only team in the NL East that was not expected to contend in 2019 was the Miami Marlins. A team that’s still in the early stages of their rebuild can be a good team to beat up on and collect wins against. Michael Conforto has loved facing Miami this year as he wins the award for Flushing Fisherman.

The Flushing Fisherman goes to the best offensive player versus Miami this year. When you have a batting average over .500 against Miami, it’s pretty easy to win the award.

Even though it’s just 17 at-bats against Miami, Conforto wasted no time making his presence known as he has 10 hits and 6 runs scored against them. As mentioned before Conforto is hitting over .500 against Miami, .588 to be exact and his OBP is over .600 as he has 4 walks against them as well.

His 2 home runs and 3 RBI will not jump out at you, but with so many hits in limited at-bats against them, it tells you that he is reading the ball well out of these young pitchers hands.

Mets fans know what a budding star Conforto is and so far in 2019, Miami knows as well. It’s no surprise Conforto’s name came up in the offseason when the Mets were exploring trading for then Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Bell Ringer

If hitting over .500 gets you an award for beating up on Miami, then there’s no reason Jeff McNeil does not get an award for his work against the Philadelphia Phillies. McNeil is the winner of the Bell Ringer award.

It’s been a successful year for McNeil in 2019 despite almost being an afterthought after all the offseason moves by General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. But once again McNeil proved he belongs in the big show as the hit machine keeps on hitting. McNeil is one of the three Mets representatives for the 2019 All-Star game.

McNeil has had great success against one the Mets old-time foes as he’s hitting .415 against Philadelphia pitching, in 53 at-bats he’s collected 22 hits. He also has an OBP of .456 to go along with it.

McNeil loves it when Jake Arrieta is on the mound for Philadelphia. In 2019, McNeil has had 14 at-bats against the right-hander and has 10 hits against him. He also has one home run and 3 RBI off the former Chicago Cub as well.

Arrieta nor the rest of the league does not know what to do against McNeil to get him out anymore. McNeil leads the majors in batting average and even when teams try to shift on him it doesn’t phase him. McNeil leads the Mets with the most infield hits with a total of  18.

You have to wonder if McNeil would have gotten the opportunities he has gotten if it wasn’t for other players injuries early on in the season. Philadelphia sure hopes the Mets would have passed on McNeil.

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