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NY Mets: Mid-term grades for the 5 starting infielders

May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 26, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso – B+

The Polar Bear falls just short of getting an A average. I wouldn’t be upset with anyone who thinks he deserves it. Pete Alonso has been one of the most consistent hitters in the lineup. His approach at the plate appears to have changed. It has helped make him a more complete player.

Alonso’s improvement as a defender is great to see. Striking out less and still driving in runs, he’s the one member of the team’s offense I honestly can’t complain about. He gets a B+ because why not leave some room for improvement?

One thing missing from Alonso’s game this year has been a massive number of home runs. He hasn’t been swatting the ball as much as he did previously. Not yet cause for concern, it is something to pay attention to.

To maintain a B+, Alonso needs to continue to hit in the .250-.260 range and lead the team in RBI. Driving in runs is the most important thing he can do. On the 2021 Mets, a team that has been unable to cross the plate very often, his bat is incredibly valuable.

For a better grade, Alonso needs to go on a tear. As productive as he has been, Alonso has yet to carry the team to victory on a consistent basis. Maybe a little more homework can help in this department.

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