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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Chris Paddack on Pete Alonso: ‘I’m coming for him’

Padres rookie starter Chris Paddack is a good one. Over six starts he’s got a 1.91 ERA and an excellent K/BB ratio of 35/9 over 33 innings. He throws gas but changes speeds wonderfully and doesn’t walk many guys. He’s only 23 but he’s exactly what you want in an ace. All he lacks is the experience.

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso is a good one. Over 34 games he’s got a line of .280/.364/.600 with 10 homers and 27 driven in. He also just won Rookie of the Month honors for April. He’s only 24 but he’s exactly the sort of slugger Mets fans had been hoping the team would develop for many, many years.

Tonight they’ll face each other in San Diego as Paddack starts for the Padres against the Mets.

Can he claim this in polite society, or even whatever we are?

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 04:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, pete alonso

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Mets’ Pete Alonso reveals where his inspiration lies in being complete hitter

Even as his bat has cooled a bit, the raves keep coming for Pete Alonso as he continues to make believers throughout the baseball community, not only with his missile-launches but also his advanced approach at the plate that makes him much more than an all-or-nothing slugger.

That rare combination earned him recognition last week as the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April, as well as comparisons via the MLB Network to the likes of Mark McGwire, Buster Posey, and Justin Turner.

It also allows Mark DeRosa, the ex-big leaguer and MLB Network analyst who did a video breakdown of Alonso last week, to say with certainty: “This isn’t going away what this guy is doing. It’s not a fluke.”

That notion is becoming more and more a consensus opinion among baseball people, based more due to Alonso’s discipline at the plate and his ability to hit the ball to the opposite field than his power. That’s the way Alonso prefers it, making a point of saying, when I asked him: “I take pride in being a complete hitter.”

One of these batters is not like the others….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hitters, mark mcgwire, mets, mike piazza, paul konerko, pete alonso

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Why Pete Alonso is literally baseball’s next big thing

Maybe it’s too ambitious to suggest that, just 23 games into his major league career, the rookie first baseman with the prodigious power stroke will be a star, not just because of his production in numbers but in his ability to engage the fans with his energy and enthusiasm.

Maybe it’s simply too much to expect Alonso to keep hitting this way, bashing long home runs and taking a half-swing on a two-strike sinker on the outside corner from Jake Arrieta and still hitting a 98 mph ground ball past the first baseman for an RBI double and then standing at second base, pumping both fists above his head in celebration.

Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the rise of a Padres powerhouse
Just a few weeks ago, Alonso was simply battling in spring training to make the Opening Day roster, a top prospect after leading the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2018, but not a lock to make the team, especially given how teams often hold players back in the minors to save on service time. But Alonso raked in spring training and now he has become one of the biggest stories of the first month of the season, hitting .325 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. Maybe it’s just a wonderful flash in time. Maybe it’s the beginning of something big.

A true homegrown star for the Mets at firstbase or the next Ike Davis?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pete alonso

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alonso’s status an issue for union watching service time

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Alonso is hitting .406 at spring training and leads the Mets with three home runs. Yet, if New York keeps him in the minor leagues for the first 15 days of the season, his eligibility for free agency would be pushed back a year until after the 2025 season.

“Seeing what players are going through where their service time is being manipulated, on the front end and/or in the middle, is a concern, has been a concern and will continue to be a concern,” union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the Mets.

Alonso nearly homered again Wednesday, but wind knocked down his fourth-inning drive off Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Alonso had 36 homers and 119 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Another to add to the list…

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, service time

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mets have a competitive and friendly 1st-base battle going on

Barring injury and despite Alonso’s glove, I can’t see Smith making the team. Alonso is out-hitting him. Davis can also play third and the outfield.

The 23-year-old Smith struggled in stints with the Mets in 2017 and ’18, but credits an emphasis on physical fitness for his solid spring. Last season, Smith missed almost all of spring training with a quadriceps injury sustained early in camp. It came after Smith was late for a team meeting and got scratched from the lineup as punishment.

“Last year it just felt like you could never dig yourself out of that hole and it kept spiraling and getting worse and worse, but you learn from those things and just try to move on and get better,” Smith said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dominic smith, mets, pete alonso

Sunday, February 24, 2019

WATCH: Mets top prospect Pete Alonso explains why he changed his name

It’s Pete Alonso now—that’s what the Mets prospect wants to be called from here on out. And he explained why after his first Spring Training exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.

Mets PR announced the name change on Thursday, as Alonso joined Yankees Zach Britton who changed his name to Zack this season. Alonso explained that Peter just feels too formal, and he wants to break down that barrier.

“It’s one of those things that everyone calls me Pete in the clubhouse, everyone on the coaching staff,” he said. “Pretty much if anyone sees me out on the street or something like that, everyone calls me Pete. So I just think it’s good to be on a first-name basis like that. It’s more informal. I think I’m very approachable and I think I’m a nice guy. So anyone can call me Pete.”

You know, we normally don’t get this many players to be named later until the trades begin….

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, peter alonso, ptbnl

 

 

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