New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was fantastic in the month of May, as he batted .315 with 9 homers and 30 RBI’s in what was the best month of his young career, as he elevated the offense with his game and clutch hitting. But now that the month of May has come to a close, let's look back at the impact of Alonso's hot bat on the team's success.
Alonso's historic month was great, and while he might not receive any accolades for his success, the Mets' win-loss record does that talking.
But it might not have been enough to win the National League Player of the Month, as Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals is likely to win the award, as he batted .404 with 10 homers and 33 RBI’s. So let’s appreciate what Alonso brings to the table, both as a leader, and a hitter.
Alonso finished four RBI’s shy of Gary Carter’s franchise record of 34 in September 1985. He had 14/15 games with at least one run driven in, and seven/eight games with multiple RBI’s. The Mets were 12-2 in games in which he drove in at least one run, while they were 6-9 when he hasn't. Alonso carried the Mets offense through May as the team really needed somebody to start driving in runs at a consistent basis, it was something the team never had last year.
This month was full of highlights for Alonso, as he gave Mets fans a lot of new memories.
He launched two homers in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Mother's Day at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia against the Phillies, while driving in five runs to have the Mets avoid a doubleheader sweep.
Alonso then launched a towering, no-doubt two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning on May 19 against St. Louis Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos, which travelled 447 feet. It was a game in which the Mets had a late lead slip away, and the Cardinals had taken the lead in the top of the 10th before Alonso's blast won it for the Mets in the bottom of the frame. And Alonso celebrated by doing his best Stephen Curry impression before emphatically jumping on home plate.
He also showcased his great analysis during live action, too. Alonso was mic’d up during the third inning of last Sunday night’s game against the Phillies on the ESPN2 broadcast, in which he talked about his approach to hitting, and offered insights to what playing first base is really like. He also discussed the unique arsenal from Chris Bassitt as well as what the team culture has been like with Buck Showalter at the helm and how it has paid off to team success.