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.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.