4. Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor make up one of the best 3-4 hitter combos in baseball for the Mets.
Both Lindor and Alonso have been sensational for the Mets in run production and run creation this season. The Mets have dearly lacked situational hitting over the past several years, and Lindor shook off the rust of last year and is having a historic season by Mets standards. Lindor already has 81 RBI’s, which ties him with Jose Reyes from 2006 for the most RBI’s in a season by a Mets shortstop. Alonso has 96 RBI’s, putting him on pace to shatter the Mets’ single season RBI mark held by Mike Piazza and David Wright (124 in 1999 and 2008, respectively).
This was a pressure-packed year for Lindor this season because of his underperformance last year after coming over in a trade, and it was the first year of his 10-year, $341 million contract extension. These past two weeks or so are the first time Mets fans feel he has been worth everything his contract said he was.
Lindor has been outstanding facilitating the defense from shortstop, and his bat has come alive as of late. Lindor has also been one of the 10 to 15 most valuable players in baseball this season, with all the factors weighed in.
As for Alonso, his winning mentality has translated into the run production the Mets have been waiting for from him. He is among the top MVP candidates in the National League this season. He is in the top 10 in the league in hits, slugging percentage, home runs, RBI’s, and extra base hits. He is hitting over .300 with runners in scoring position, and several of his home runs have come in big spots.