Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Monday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

Alonso clubbed two home runs with five RBI’s on Mother’s Day in his 3-5 effort of game two of the doubleheader. Alonso now has 7 bombs on the season, and 113 in his short four-year career.

Mets Junkies Game Recap: Bullpen Blows 4-run Lead

The New York Mets opened the game with Taijuan Walker taking the mound, and while he only pitched two innings, it was a very good two innings.

I’m not sure if Walker was supposed to exit early, however he looked to call the trainer to the clubhouse after the second inning, before being replaced by David Peterson.

Walker tossed just two frames and struck out four batters without giving up a hit or walking a batter, unfortunately, it would be the Mets back end of the bullpen that would falter.

Mark Canha is still hitting. The right-handed bat went 1-4 and is currently hitting .571 with 3 RBI’s on the very young season.

David Peterson pitched well out of the pen following Walker’s departure. The lefty threw four innings, striking out three while walking two and allowing three hits.

Brandon Nimmo picked up a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored while raising his batting average to .333 while manning center.

Trevor May also looked to tweak something as Showalter and Hefner, alongside a trainer, came to the mound before removing May.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor picked up a base hit, an RBI single. The perennial All-Star is now batting .250 with 3 RBI’s on the year.

The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of the series, as Philadelphia plays host. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 PM with Tylor Megill squaring up against former Met Zack Wheeler.

Photo Credit: NYPost

Familia signs with Phillies

Well, this could end up being an addition by subtraction but I get the feeling the Mets may end up missing the righty. Jeurys Familia has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Familia’s contract is worth approximately $6M and can go as high as approximately $7M. The sinker ball pitcher is a career 32-25 pitcher with 3.28 ERA in 498.2 innings pitched.

During the 2021 campaign, Familia went 9-4 with an ERA 3.94 in 59.1 innings.

The deal comes a few hours after the Mets and Athletics struck up a trade for starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets split Doubleheader with Braves

The Braves and Mets set up shop for two games on Monday and the teams split the doubleheader. The first game of the day featured Jacob deGrom and of course, he did Jacob deGrom like things.

The Mets’ ace hit the mound and threw five innings of shutout baseball while striking out six batters. In the process, deGrom was able to lower his already minuscule ERA to 0.50 while also improving his record to 7-2.

Dom Smith plated across three runs in the 5th with a sharply hit double off of left-hander Sean Newcomb. The extra base hit put deGrom in a good situation with the Mets up 4-0.

Seth Lugo entered in the 6th and gave up two runs on a Ozzie Albies home run. Lugo’s ERA now sits at a still very respectable 2.89 after the appearance.

Edwin Diaz did however come into the game in the 7th and shut down the Braves, earning his 15th save of the season.

The Mets would end up dropping the second game to the Braves as they were shut out in a 1-0 loss.

Jerad Eickhoff made his Mets debut as the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings while striking out three. The former Philadelphia Philly may have pitched well enough to get another nod at some point down the line.

Miguel Castro would be the Mets pitcher of record as he gave up a bullet of a line drive home run to Ronald Acuna, over a leaping Kevin Pillar in center. Even though Castro picked up the loss, he owns a 3.03 ERA and has been a reliable arm.

Both Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning, combining for three strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s contest will feature a matchup of Charlie Morton versus Marcus Stroman.

Brandon Nimmo placed on IL

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has been placed on the 10-day IL, catcher Patrick Mazeika has been recalled.

Nimmo was facing former teammate Zack Wheeler when he fouled off a pitch and described the feeling as an explosion.

Nimmo was batting .318 with a .870 OPS while leading off.

Photo by: New York Post Sports on Twitter

Friday’s Pitching Preview 4/30

The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Mets to kick off the series as well as a seven-game road trip. The Mets and Phillies, along with the Braves, are currently locked in a three-way tie for first place in the NL east standings with the Nationals and Marlins right behind.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his fifth appearance of the season. The New York native is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched.

Stroman was hit hard his last time around as he surrendered five runs (four earned), in just four innings pitched. In April, Stroman has only allowed one home run as well as a total of six earned runs. He’s been a strong number two pitcher behind Jacob deGrom.

The Philadelphia Phillies will have Chase Anderson on the hill, a righty with a 6.48 ERA. This will be the Mets’ third time seeing Anderson this season, however the team is only hitting .156 off of the right-hander.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on WPIX.

Photo from New York Mets

Mets Claim Catcher from Rays

The Mets have claimed catcher Deivy Grullón from the Rays. The 25 year old from the Dominican Republic has played 5 total games in the majors hitting .167/.231/.250 with one RBI. With the Mets having an open spot on the 40 man roster, they don’t need to DFA anyone.

The right handed hitting catcher was part of the Phillies Top 20 Prospects as recently as 2019.

During the spring in 2021, he hit .231/.333/.692 in 13 at bats. He collected three hits, 2 of them went out of the Park.

Throughout his minor league career, Grullón hit a combined .253/.305/.405 with 70 homeruns in 606 games.

According to scouts Grullón provided above average power on the pull side with a strong throwing arm. He would be the fourth catcher on the 40 man roster with McCann, Nido and Maizeka already on the 40 man.

Photo by: MLB Pipeline

MetsJunkies Doubleheader Recap: Mets Sweep Twinbill

Mets swept the Phillies after winning both games on Tuesday. The first game ended with a Jonathan Villar Walk off hit (4-3) and Stroman and the Mets shut out the Phillies in game two (4-0). The Mets now lead the NL East with a 4-3 record.

Game 1:

Taijuan Walker started the game for the Mets as he started out strong. After a perfect first, with 2 strikeouts. The Mets gave Walker 2 quick runs after Dom Smith second two run homerun of the season, both against Chase Anderson.

After the first the Mets got silenced by Anderson and the bullpen. Walker struck out 8, but allowed 3 walks in just 4.1 innings. Overall he pitched well allowing just one run on a Knapp sac fly.

Miguel Castro came in to help out Walker in the fifth, but he allowed a run in the sixth. In the fifth Castro got help from Quinn, who overslid the bag and was tagged out by Guillorme, who made a great leaping catch to save McCann.

In the sixth Castro allowed a lead off walk and a Harper base hit. He did well to get Bohm on strikes and get Gregorius to ground into a force out. A soft grounder to third, got the Phillies the tying run.

After a dominant 7th by Diaz, the Mets couldn’t score as we were going to extra’s. May got Hoskins to strikeout and Bohm to pop out (Harper IBB in between) to get two outs with runners on first and second (extra inning rule). McCann allowed a passed ball which proves costly. Gregorius signed against the shift to score the “extra” runner. May went on to strikeout Segura to end the frame.

The Mets had Lindor as their extra runner and he scored on an Alonso RBI Single to tie the game. After a Conforto walk and McCann infield hit it was left to Villar. And this happened:

Game 2:

The Mets went into game two with good vibes. Stroman was great as he threw 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits without a walk and 3 strikeouts. Stroman dropped his ERA to 0.75 and improved to 2-0. Dominant!

The Mets got to Nola in the fourth with Jonathan Villar opening the score. Villar hit a double in the right center field gap, another big hit for Villar. Later in the inning, Nimmo hit a big two out two run single to give the Mets a 3 spot against the Phillies ace.

In the sixth, Nimmo added another RBI to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Familia allowed two hits in the seventh, but got thru the final inning.

The Mets will try to make it three straight against the Phillies with David Peterson facing former Met Zack Wheeler.

Photo by: Mets Twitter

Monday’s Pitching Preview 4/12

After a wasted effort on Sunday, the Mets will kick off a new series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. This time around the four game-set will be hosted in Queens against a 6-3 division rival in the Phillies.

The Mets plan to send left-hander David Peterson to the hill to make his second start of the season. His first outing was an ugly one as he allowed five runs out of the gate, in the first. He would end up surrendering six earned runs in just four innings pitched and currently owns a 13.50 ERA this season.

While Peterson lost the game in the first, I was impressed on how he bounced back afterwards. He only pitched four innings but could’ve easily been chased out after that horrendous inning. Hopefully the 25 year old will have a strong outing to get the Mets back at .500 on the year.

The Philadelphia Phillies will have Chase Anderson on the mound, a righty with a 4.06 ERA. This will be the Mets’ second time seeing Anderson, as Dom Smith took him deep for a two-run shot.

So far this season in just five innings pitched, Anderson owns a 3.60 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP while having struck out only three.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Preview & Lineup – Mets vs Phillies (4/6/21)

After a tough blow late in the game last night against the Phillies, the Mets and Marcus Stroman look to get in the win column. However, they must first get past Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, in order to do so.

Nimmo CF
Lindor SS
Conforto RF
Alonso 1B
D. Smith LF
J.D. Davis 3B
McNeil 2B
McCann C
Stroman RHP

The Phillies plan to send Chase Anderson to the hill and he’ll likely have a tough time doing so. Anderson owns a career ERA of 4.06 in 890.2 innings pitched, however last season he pitched to a 7.22 ERA.

While Marcus Stroman is a better quality pitcher, he also doesn’t have to deal with stacked lineup like Anderson.

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Throughout his career, Stroman has a 3.76 ERA in 849.1 innings pitched. While many seem to dismiss the righty, he’s clearly a talented pitcher that knows how to utilize the amount of spin he uses.

Tonight’s contest will be scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY as well as nationally on ESPN.