NY Mets overreaction: Pete Alonso should be the DH, no questions asked
Pete Alonso got one chance to be the DH and hit a grand slam. The next day, he made a critical error late in the game and another questionable throw on top of that. Alonso has made some great improvements on defense since his minor league days. After what we witnessed in the team’s lone loss so far, it’s time for him to throw his glove in the trash and spend the rest of the season as the DH.
What does this mean for the rest of the team? Dominic Smith should begin starting at first base regularly. Robinson Cano can get a few games, too. There is no way Showalter can put Alonso on defense ever again. If he does, he should be fired!
Okay, cool your jets. Let’s not overreact too much. Even Rey Ordonez made errors.
Alonso should, however, rotate between first base and the DH spot. The Mets are a team built to withstand a lot of things. They have some nice depth and also some flexible players. Already, we’ve seen them use the flexibility with four different starting lineups in as many opportunities.
A more reasonable take on Alonso’s defense: wait and see how he recovers from this. He is the type of player to try and learn from the mistake. Considering it contributed to the team’s first loss, it’s going to eat away at him. Don’t let it slow down your bat, Pete.