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Batting second for the NY Mets is 2B Edgardo Alfonzo

The number two hitter in any batting order will depend on the era he played in. In past years, this was a spot for a lighter hitter whose main job was to maybe simply hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield to set up a big RBI opportunity for the hitters behind him.

Our second batter of the game is much better than that. It’s second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo.

A fan favorite for sure, Alfonzo is both a talented and versatile player. He spent a lot of quality years at second base but also filled in as the club’s third baseman when they needed him to.

The overall numbers Alfonzo managed to amass in eight seasons with the Mets include a .292/.367/.445 slash line, 120 home runs, and 538 RBI.

You could typically find Alfonzo hitting home run totals in the mid-teens but in 1999 and 2000, he found his power stroke. He managed to hit a career-high 27 in 1999 while driving in 108. The following season, Alfonzo gave the Mets a 25 home run, 94 RBI performance. Although there was a dip in his home runs and RBI slightly the following year, Fonzie made up for it by slashing .324/.425/.542.

If Reyes hasn’t already managed to get into scoring position on his own, you better believe Alfonzo is going to find a way to move him there.