How did Alonso and McNeil go so right but the Mets season go so wrong
by John Jastremski
Jul 09, 2019 | 2398 views | 0 0 comments | 259 259 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Monday Night wasn’t the first time this came to mind, but it crystallized so much more.

Pete Alonso has been the man of the Mets dreams in 2019.

He’s hit over 30 first half home runs.

The way he has performed and carried himself has made him a legitimate candidate to be the new face of the franchise.

For a player that wasn’t a given to be on the Opening Day roster, he’s been a rock star.

His rock star like status amongst Mets fans should only grow after the winning this years Home Run Derby.

Alonso’s first half has been nothing short of spectacular, but somewhere at the All Star Game in Cleveland, Jeff McNeil is saying “hold my beer!”

McNeil has shined in so many ways in 2019 for the Mets.

He’s the perfect compliment to Alonso. His game is not about the long ball, but putting the bat on the ball.

McNeil’s wizardry with the bat has him leading the National League in hitting at the break with a .349 Batting Average.

Alonso and McNeil are the sort of players that should provide hope to a starved Mets franchise.

They are shining, they’ve done more than you could have possibly imagined and yet when you look up at the standings.

The Mets are ten games under .500 and basically dead and buried for the 2nd half of the season.

How is it possible that Alonso and McNeil could be so good, but on a team that is in the middle of another rotten season?

Well, there are many reasons why the Mets are ten games under .500.

An abominable bullpen that has been responsible for countless blown saves. A defense that is ranked amongst the worst in all of baseball with multiple players playing out of position. A starting rotation that has not delivered when it comes to being one of baseball’s best.

Oh and a trade featuring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz that appears to be an all time debacle.

A whole lot has gone wrong in the first half of 2019, but Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil shouldn’t be included when discussing the mess that is 2019 Mets.

The emergence of two very different, but very talented position players may ultimately be your silver lining heading into the offseason.

A Polar Bear and a squirrel. Who knew?

You can listen to me filling in for CMB with Bart Scott the rest of the week (1-3 PM on WFAN Sports Radio 660/1019 FM.) You can also watch me the rest of the week on “The Thread” at 5 PM on SNY.
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