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Pete Alonso’s big night ties him for NL rookie home run record

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Pete Alonso went hog wild in the Mets’ win over the Braves last night, hitting a 451-foot homer while going 5-for-5 with six runs driven in.

That homer — his 39th on the year — tied him for the record for the most home runs hit by a rookie in the National League. The current, temporary, record holder is Cody Bellinger who hit 39 in 2017. Alonso is gonna smash that like an 89 m.p.h. Julio Teherán fastball.

The all-time rookie record was also set in 2017: 52 by Aaron Judge. That’s exactly the number Alonso is on pace for at the moment. One hot or cold week here or there will make the difference.

Even if he doesn’t catch Judge, there are more records to fall at Alonso’s hands. The Mets franchise record for homers in a season is 41, currently held by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltrán. That record could be his by this weekend. The Mets single season RBI record is also held by two guys — Mike Piazza and David Wright — at 124. At the moment Alonso is on pace for 122. If Amed Rosario and Joe Panik or whoever hits in front of Alonso gets hot that one could fall too.

Just an amazing season from an amazing rookie for the Amazins.

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Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.