New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso feels that the team has a great offense despite their struggles to win games.
The rookie first baseman is slashing .280/.368/.633 entering Saturday’s game, with a Mets rookie record 28 home runs. He’s also produced 62 RBIs.
Alonso is also a great teammate, establishing himself in the clubhouse despite his lack of experience. Alonso went to bat for his teammates in the lineup, telling SNY that he feels they have a strong offense.
"I think that we have one of the best offenses in baseball…we just need to keep doing our job" – Pete Alonso pic.twitter.com/yrxWLg8E6g
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 29, 2019
“I think we have one of the best offense in baseball,” Alonso said after the loss on Friday. “If you look at the numbers … we’re right there with some of the better teams in baseball.”
While the pitching has been an issue for the team, with the ninth worst ERA in baseball and 20 blown saves from the incredibly putrid bullpen (entering Saturday’s game), Alonso is overselling the team’s production to an extent.
The team’s average (.253) and on-base percentage (.326) have them in 13th, while their slugging percentage (.433) is 16th and they have only the 17th most runs (392). The only category they crack the top ten in is hits (728).
Alonso was sure to give credit to Mike Soroka, who held the Mets to two runs in his start Friday night, along with the rest of the Atlanta Braves’ pitching staff.
“sometimes you just got to tip your cap to the other guys because Mike Soroka, he carved, simple as that,” Alonso said. “And their bullpen guys, they did their jobs. We put together a lot of great at-bats, we had a rally going, I think, in the seventh, we put a bunch of hits on the board, sometimes that doesn’t equate to runs. Sometimes you just got to, like I said, tip your cap because their pitchers over there did their job really well tonight”
Alonso is young, but there’s no doubt he believes in his teammates and their ability to play the game at a high level.