The New York Mets own the best record in the National League East division and have enjoyed a successful start of the season.
A big part of that success can be attributed to their offense.
Pete Alonso, as you might expect, is the primary run-producer in the Mets’ offense.
And he has been doing just that: produce runs in bunches.
Before Thursday’s games, Alonso was hitting .264/.339/.486 with nine home runs.
He won’t win a batting title, but he is showing he can use the opposite field and is doing with authority.
And, of course, he is producing runs in bunches: he has 34 RBI.
“Mets hitters with at least 34 RBI in their first 40 games of a season since 2000: Carlos Beltrán: 2006; David Wright: 2008; Yoenis Céspedes: 2016; Dominic Smith: 2020; Pete Alonso: 2022,” New York Times and Metsmerized’s Matthew Brownstein tweeted.
Mets hitters with at least 34 RBI in their first 40 games of a season since 2000:
— Mathew Brownstein (@MBrownstein89) May 19, 2022
Alonso Is Destined To Make History With The Mets
That’s some really impressive company right there.
Beltran had an extremely productive stint with the Mets, Wright is perhaps the franchise’s most emblematic player since the turn of the millennium, and Cespedes had a great run in the mid-to-late 2010s.
Smith was marvelous in 2020, too.
The young Alonso still has most of his career ahead of him: after all, he is 27.
Since 2019, the year of his MLB debut, he has 115 home runs and 283 RBI.
It’s obviously too early for that kind of talk, but if he commits his future to the Mets, he could be a Queens legend by the time he decides to retire.
He will also need to stay productive and avoid injuries, but as far as raw power, few players in MLB can measure up to Alonso.
The “Polar Bear” likes to produce runs by the dozen.