2 Mets players who will maintain their hot starts, 1 who won’t
By Tim Boyle
You’d think looking in some places that the New York Mets were playing terrible baseball. Far from it. In the face of plenty of adversity, the team has stepped up and played pretty well. There is a long way to go and whatever you think of this team right now may not be true even within a month.
The positive start to the year can be credited to a variety of players. These three, in particular, have been on fire in the ways they best know how.
Two of them look like they can maintain something at least close to the pace they’re on. Another is likely to see trouble eventually catch up.
1) NY Mets slugger Pete Alonso is hitting well and it’s no fluke
Pete Alonso’s early numbers seem to fluctuate daily. An 0 for 4 performance will drop his slash line a noticeable amount. What isn’t going away are how many home runs and RBI he has through the early part of the year.
Alonso has either led or been among the leaders in these two statistics in the first few weeks of the season. Frankly, it’s these two areas the Mets need him to produce the most. When Alonso hits home runs, the RBI totals go up. And even when he isn’t necessarily going yard, finding other ways to drive in runs is something he must do.
The Mets lineup is dependent on Alonso for crooked numbers. A strong beginning to the 2023 season is a must for them to be successful. He’s doing about exactly what we’d expect him to.
Unfortunately, Alonso has slowed down of late yet not significantly enough for us to call this a season-long slump. After 116 trips to the plate, the Polar Bear is batting .257/.328/.562 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI. The average is slightly down, the OBP is more significantly below where we’d like it, and the power is superb.