5 predictions for the Mets in the second half

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2. Pete Alonso will break the Mets season record for RBI’s and finish the season as the National League leader in that statistic. 

Pete Alonso is 46 RBI’s shy of the franchise record that is owned by Mike Piazza (1999) and David Wright (2008) of 124 RBI’s each. Alonso’s at-bat discipline has improved, and is driving more runs in without relying on the home run ball. Now, it helps that some of Alonso’s home runs have come in big situations (his 10 home runs with runners in scoring position are the most in the majors).  

But in a place where the offense sees Alonso as their biggest RBI man, he will be in many situations that require him to drive in runs, and as the cleanup hitter, he will have plenty of opportunities with on-base threats batting ahead of him in the lineup, such as Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte.  

3. Max Scherzer will pitch his way to finish as a Cy Young Finalist. 

Max Scherzer has dominated his opposition since coming off the injured list. In the three starts he has made since his return, he has a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched, with 31 strikeouts and just one walk. He is pitching some of the best baseball he has had in his Hall of Fame career right now, and every Mets fan must be stoked about this.  

He is primed to have an awesome second half with the fans behind him and the (sometimes crazy, out-of-control) attitude of winning that is resemblant of what Steve Cohen envisioned. And what better way for the Mets to open the second half with their ace on the hill tonight against the Padres, ready to dominate even further? 

Sandy Alcantara seems like the favorite right now to win the Cy Young in the National League, but Max Scherzer will make it interesting.