2 Mets to thank for beating the Rays, 1 to blame for failing to sweep

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NY Mets to thank for the series win: Pete Alonso

After a torrid start, Pete Alonso scuffled for a very prolonged stretch. The Mets started out this season 14-7 and it felt like Alonso was hitting home runs every day. While that wasn't exactly the case, Alonso did have ten home runs in his first 21 games of the season. When he's going, the Mets win.

In his last 20 games prior to this Rays series, Alonso had just 11 hits in 69 at-bats. He was slashing .159/.293/.319 with three home runs and eight RBI. This simply isn't going to cut it. He wasn't the only reason the Mets were losing, obviously, but his struggles almost always correlate directly to Mets losses.

Alonso picked the perfect time to snap out of his slump for this series against the Rays. He homered in all three games including the walk-off home run in the second game to give the Mets their biggest win of the season thus far.

Alonso said this win was a building block kind of win for the Mets, and he backed that up by hitting another huge home run in the series finale. While it wasn't the game winner, it did prove to be very necessary as the Mets won by a skinny run.

Alonso has the ability to carry this team, and he did it in this Rays series. Can that last? Boy, I hope so.