The New York Mets were out in full display at the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game last night at Dodger Stadium. Three Mets participated in the game last night (Starling Marte was inactive still reeling from a groin injury, while Edwin Diaz was not used in the game by National League manager Brian Snitker). All of them have been named to All-Star teams in the past, so this experience was nothing new for any of them, but nonetheless, surreal. It was a game the American League won, 3-2.
So here’s how Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso fared in last night’s Midsummer Classic.
Mets 2B Jeff McNeil All-Star Game performance
Jeff McNeil got the start at second base at the All-Star Game in place of the injured Jazz Chisholm, Jr., becoming the first Met to start at second base in the Midsummer Classic since Ron Hunt 58 years ago, and batted ninth in the NL starting lineup.
McNeil’s first plate appearance came in the bottom of the second against Alek Manoah of the Blue Jays, in which he got hit by a slider on his foot. Talk about something on brand with the 2022 Mets (who lead the majors in hit by pitches).
McNeil then grounded out to second in his next turn up in the fifth inning against Martin Perez of the Rangers before being replaced after the inning by San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth.
On the field, he caught a liner hit by Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk in the top of the third, fielded two force outs, and nearly made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch in the fifth inning.
Mets 1B Pete Alonso All-Star Game performance
Pete Alonso entered the game in the fourth inning as a defensive replacement for Freddie Freeman.
Defensively, he assisted on three groundouts, receiving a throw in the fifth from Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, and two in the sixth from San Diego second baseman Jake Cronenworth.
He had one turn up at the plate. Facing Yankees starter Nestor Cortes in the sixth, he drew a walk on a seven-pitch plate appearance, and was stranded at second base.