The New York Mets‘ lineup has several talented hitters.
Francisco Lindor, Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo are just a few.
However, when it comes to power hitting, no one tops the Polar Bear.
Pete Alonso has cemented his place as one of the league’s premier power threats.
He hit a record 53 home runs in his rookie season in 2019, and hasn’t stopped homering ever since.
On Thursday, against the San Francisco Giants, he hit his league-leading ninth home run.
Felt like Pete’s MLB-leading ninth homer was worth taking a closer look. 🐻❄️ pic.twitter.com/xt3zvww7OW
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 21, 2023
It was a laser to the pull side, near the left field line.
Alonso has more home runs than the Washington Nationals, and more than double the tally of Kyle Tucker, Adley Rutschman, Anthony Rizzo, and other noted sluggers.
If he keeps hitting homers at this pace, he might have a chance to break his own record: those 53 mentioned above.
In the middle of an injury crisis on the pitching side of things, it’s important for the Mets to keep producing as many runs as they possibly can.
Alonso has been huge on that front.
The best part of it is that he looks better than ever as a hitter.
He is less vulnerable than before and even has a solid .286 batting average.
This would be the third season in a row in which his strikeout rate is lower than 20 percent.
He is much more than a one-dimensional slugger, and the Mets know this.
He is not far from free agency, so it’s fair to say he will be a very rich man if he continues to hit nine homers or more per month.NEXT: Mets Manager Comments On Max Scherzer's Suspension