Pete Alonso is the “Met that is here for the right reasons.”
Alonso is perhaps the Mets’ most popular position player, and he played like it on his way to his second All Star team. Alonso leads the major leagues with 70 RBI’s and is the one true home run threat for opposing pitchers in the Mets lineup.
As a team that isn’t getting as much production from the long ball as they normally do, they needed a big first half from Alonso, and has been money in big spots. 10 of his 23 home runs have come with runners in scoring position, which is four more than anyone else in the National League.
And now Alonso becomes the second Mets first baseman to be named to multiple All-Star teams, joining Keith Hernandez. Alonso’s legacy continues to grow as a result.
The “Can I Steal You For A Second” pitch from other teams pertaining to Jeff McNeil did not work this winter, and the Mets were rewarded for keeping him.
Jeff McNeil was the subject of some trade rumors during the offseason, following a disappointing 2021 season where he barely hit over .250 after three straight seasons of batting .310 or higher. The additions of Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar led to such speculations, but the Mets chose to keep him, and he has reverted to an indispensable piece to the Mets offense that got him to the All-Star Game three years ago. McNeil is batting .311 and has 82 hits, including a team-high 19 doubles.