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Ranking the 10 best players in the National League East

Aug 3, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is
Aug 3, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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9) Best players in the NL East: Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso burst onto the scene his rookie season hitting a rookie record 53 home runs. He broke the franchise record with that number and is already seventh on the Mets all-time home run list despite being in year four.

Had it not been for the shortened 2020 season, Alonso would likely have four straight 30 home run seasons to begin his career. His consistency in the power department is something we haven't really seen from a Met outside of the likes of Strawberry, Wright, and Piazza.

Even though he won't get to 53 home runs, I believe the 2022 season has been Alonso's best. He's slashed .270/.347/.509 with 35 home runs and 112 RBI. He leads the National League in RBI, is tied for third in home runs, seventh in OPS, and eighth in OPS+. Alonso also leads the league in intentional walks.

Alonso has developed into a much better overall hitter this season, especially with runners in scoring position. In those situations he has a 1.027 OPS, and has been the best run producer in the National League.

Alonso has slumped to finish out the season but for most of it was consistently producing runs and was a key reason the Mets were winning games at such a high rate.

Alonso does have to work on his defense as that's a huge reason he only has a 2.9 fWAR. Regardless, he's one of the best first basemen in baseball and is a player the Mets need to extend in the near future.

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