CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports that Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been dealing with a mild case of plantar fasciitis in his left heel and may need a day off soon. Zuckerman adds that Zimmerman has been bothered by his left heel over the last four or five days and it felt worse on Thursday.
Zimmerman, following a 1-for-4 performance on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals, has hit safely in seven out of his last eight games, including three consecutive multi-hit games entering Thursday’s action. Overall, he’s hitting .226/.304/.419 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 69 plate appearances.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.