What did Pete Alonso finally need to break his Mets funk?


BUFFALO – Polar bears are not supposed to hibernate, but Pete Alonso spent more in keeping with the nature of August.

The Mets largely disappeared, deprived of their lineup of knockout punch. Alonso – who received the nickname “Polar Bear” during his rookie season last year – is now lashing out at opponents.

In his last seven matches, he blew five homers, including an eighth-one rocket that gave the Mets their final lead in a win over the Orioles on Wednesday. A week ago he smashed a walk-out homer to defeat the Yankees. Signs suggest that he is back after a slump that followed his epic 53-homer rookie season.

“He’s starting to swing the bat like Pete,” Mets coach Chili Davis told The Post on Thursday.

“When I see Petty and any player of his caliber, you have to look at the big picture with him. Look at people like you [Christian] Yelich began to struggle and Anthony Randon began to struggle. There is a group of good players who are starting this strange struggle, and you understand that this season is different. ”

Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso operates his home against the Orioles.Charles Weinzberg / New York Post

The Mets have played 44 games, which is a typical time they have been placed around May 15 – a time to start showing their stuff traditionally for slow starts. Now only two-plus weeks are left in an epidemic-shortened season and Alonso appears on the track as the Mets try to rally for a postman berth. He recorded two games behind the Marlins for the NL’s second wild-card berth.

This year Alonso’s 11 homers put him on pace to hit 41 in a typical season. This is not a record-setting rookie performance of the past year, but hardly disastrous. Alonso was only leaping .213 / .333 / .385 when August ended.

“I think Pete has gone through a few different phases so far in the short season,” Davis said. “At the beginning of the year, I think he came out and he wanted to get off to a fast start and I think he tried to force some things to happen. It is not easy what kind of year he is coming away from and in this type of season, short season, and try to repeat some of the things you did last year.

He said, “He was probably a little more aggressive and then he went through the second leg, where he started taking pitches, trying to see the ball better, which made him a little inactive. Friends were making pitches and at that Were leading in the count and then after that he became a little more aggressive so that he could reach that happy medium. ”

Alonso is slashing .313 / .361 / .813 in September with five strikes in just 32 strike-in-bats.

“I’m working incredibly hard to get consistent results,” Alonso said. “Sometimes in a game of baseball you can do many different things, improve and not have tangible results. At the end of such a season for everything to start coming together, at crunch time, I am really pleased with everything and my trajectory. ”

Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith have recently had a lineup that led to MLB on Thursday with a .275 batting average. Runners trapped on base by the Mets earlier in the season are being knocked inside, as averaged 7.13 runs per game in September.

“How many pitchers would like to commit an offense that helps the league beat them behind them?” Davis said. “People are starting to be themselves and I’m sure people will like [McNeil] And Patty who wasn’t swinging like she felt they were capable, it was disappointing and showed some frustration, but that’s only because they care. They have finally come out of this and are swinging the bats better as a team. ”

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