Pete Alonso
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New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has his sights set on the franchise single-season home run record.

Forty-one—the New York Mets franchise record for single-season home runs. The record set by catcher Todd Hundley in 1996 and then tied 10 years later by center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Now, in 2019, both of those players could see their home run record not only tied but surpassed. Through 114 games this year, Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has 37 home runs. That’s right, thirty-seven bombs. This comes with one in each of the previous three games.

With 47 games left, it’s certainly possible for Alonso to snatch the record. Four to tie, five to surpass. And at the All-Star festivities in July, Alonso told Matt Snyder of CBS Sports that passing that 41-home run mark is definitely a goal of his.

“Yes, I want it,” Alonso said of the record.

With the way he’s been hitting the ball as of late, Alonso has the tools to crush that record. 47 games is still a long time, as it’s 29% of an entire 162-game season. It could be done, and it’ll be exciting to see whether or not Alonso accomplishes it.

The Mets are the hottest team in baseball at the moment, having won 12 of their last 13 games. They’re 19-6 overall since the All-Star Break, winning each of their last five series.

New York’s next six games will really test the level of baseball they’re playing right now. Sitting at .5 games out of the National League Wild Card race, the Mets will play a three-game series against the Washington Nationals starting on Friday. The Nats are currently leading the Wild Card by 2.0 games.

The Mets will then take on the Braves in a three-game series in Atlanta. The Braves currently lead the NL East division by 6.0 games.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.