Star pitcher Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has joined a premier Major League Baseball club.
On Sunday at Citi Field, Alonso smashed two home runs to help the Mets defeat the Seattle Mariners 6-3. He reached his 40th this season during the first of the two.
As of right now, Alonso is the fifth MLB player to have at least three seasons with 40 or more home runs in his first five seasons. During that time, Ralph Kiner played in four seasons. Albert Pujols, Eddie Matthews, and Ryan Howard were the other players who succeeded in that endeavour.
Alonso described the record as “Kind of mind-baffling,” according to The Associated Press. “Impressive names. I had no idea.
In the third inning, Alonso, who had an RBI single in the first inning, hit his first home run. The Mets now have a 4-0 lead.
Then, for his 41st home run of the year, he launched a lone ball to centre field.
Alonso reached 100 RBI for the season with his four RBI in the victory on Sunday. He is currently only the fourth Mets player in Mets history to have three seasons with at least 100 RBI. He had at least 40 home runs and 100 RBI in each of the previous two seasons. Only Darryl Strawberry, Carlos Beltran, and David Wright also achieved that feat.
Alonso is batting.225 with 41 home runs and 100 RBI in his fifth season in the league. Only Angels star Shohei Ohtani and Braves first baseman Matt Olson have more home runs this year. Adolis Garcia, an outfielder with the Rangers, has 100 RBI as well, while Olson leads the league with 113.
After the 2019–20 season, Alonso, 28, will be a free agent.
With their victory on Sunday, the Mets won their third game in a row and the series against the Mariners, who were in first place in the AL West. In the NL East, the Mets are 27.5 games behind the Braves. They are seven games away from the final National League wild-card spot.
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