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Mets Exit Interview: Pete Alonso crushes the first chapter of his career

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after his third inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 28, 2019 in New York City. The home run was Alonso"s 53rd of the season, breaking Aaron Judge's rookie record. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after his third inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 28, 2019 in New York City. The home run was Alonso"s 53rd of the season, breaking Aaron Judge's rookie record. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 26: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out in the sixth inning of their game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

What Went Wrong

It is definitely difficult to find things about Alonso’s year that didn’t go well but, alas, no one is perfect. We mentioned that his defense was impressive but unfortunately, it was also one of the bad parts of his game.

No, he was nowhere near as bad as we expected him to be, but he was still a below-average defensive first baseman and was a contributing factor to the Mets having one of the worst defensive infields in baseball.

He made 12 errors, had an average UZR, and was bad in terms of DRS. It is evident that Alonso worked on his defense tremendously prior to making the Mets’ roster, but he is still going to have to improve if he hopes to become a more complete player.

He also isn’t a great baserunner, but his physical build doesn’t help him in that field. He can definitely improve, but we shouldn’t expect him to ever become excellent on the base paths.

Alonso needs to start reaching base more often. He ranked 44th in MLB in OBP, which isn’t ideal for such a good hitter. Strikeouts aren’t a huge problem for him, but he should try to get them down and start walking more. He swings at pitches outside of the strike zone slightly more than most hitters, so working on his plate discipline in that regard would help him tremendously.

He especially should want to get on base more because he hits at the top of the lineup.  Alonso will easily become one of the best overall players in baseball if he can work on these parts of his game.

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