1 early red flag that Mets fans should be concerned about
The New York Mets are 23 games into the season, and other than a few injuries, things are going pretty well. One player who is doing particularly well is Pete Alonso, who is leading the league in homers (10), and leads the team in runs scored (18) and RB (23).
One early red flag with the Met offense is the lack of power hitting around Pete Alonso
The Mets have hit 26 homers as a team this season. Pete’s 10 account for nearly 40% of those. The next closest is Francisco Lindor, who has just four. Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, Brandon Nimmo, and Tommy Pham are tied for third with two apiece.
Everybody knew this might be an issue this year because it was also an issue last year. There were times Escobar stepped up in April and September last season to be the true 5th hitter that the Mets needed, but he struggled mightily outside of those two months. He started this year cold as well, but he’s shown signs of life recently.
The good news is that some help is here, and there’s still more coming in Triple-A Syracuse. Bretty Baty and Francisco Alvarez both have plenty of power that we have yet to see. They’ve both struggled since their call-ups, but just the fact that they got promoted shows that the front office is aware of these problems and is actively trying to solve them.
Even with Baty and Alvarez in The Show, the Mets still have Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos waiting in the wings. Both of them have big-time power that could play in the DH role now. The problem is, Vientos is blocked at third by Baty and at first by Alonso, and Mauricio is just starting to get used to playing positions other than shortstop, which is obviously Lindor’s spot for the foreseeable future.
If all else fails, the Mets could always make a move at the deadline. It’s likely that the Rockies will make C.J. Cron available. The for-now Oakland A’s could look to move Seth Brown or Brent Rooker. Maybe the Giants make old-friend Michael Conforto available as well.