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Mets First Base Competition Has Been Fun

In Pete Alonso‘s first two at-bats of Spring Training, he hit a home run and a double. It seemed those two hits were the beginning of something special, and regardless of service time, Alonso was going to force his way onto the Opening Day roster. After that double, Alonso cooled off a bit at the plate. He would go three for his next 12. With him not hitting tape measure shots, Dominic Smith would begin to grab some headlines.

Through his first seven games, Smith was actually out-hitting Alonso going 8-for-16 with a big three run homer. Mets Manager Mickey Callaway spoke glowingly about Smith. There were articles written about how Smith has turned the corner, and some were suggesting Smith had a real chance to win the Mets first base job.

Yesterday, Alonso reminded everyone why he’s a top prospect and why people were excited about the possibility of his playing first base for the Mets this season:

In the game, Alonso was 2-for-3 with a double, homer, and an RBI. As noted by MMO‘s Michael Mayer, Alonso’s OPS is now 1.356 putting him not too far ahead of Smith’s 1.256. Put another way, there is little separation between the two. The reason is both players spent all offseason preparing to give themselves the best possible chance of winning the Mets first base job.

As a fan, this is fun to watch. Alonso starts off with big power numbers, and Smith responds with great defense and a .500 batting average. Alonso then hits another tape measure shot while Smith maintains his .500 Spring batting average. This is exactly what everyone wants to see. They want this to be a difficult decision, not just for Spring Training but for the future.

This is not too dissimilar from 2014 when the Mets had to choose between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. The Mets decision there may not have been popular, but it proved to be the correct one. That decision would play a role in the Mets going to the World Series. As Mets fans, we can only hope the same thing happens with this team.

Editor’s Note: this was originally published on MMN

5 thoughts on “Mets First Base Competition Has Been Fun”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    Bundle Smith for pitching.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Why not bundle Alonso?

      1. oldbackstop says:

        Because I think Alonso is less tainted and Smith is at his highest value right now. Once we unload Smith, then we unload Alonso.

        First base only slow ass prospects are just the worst, particularly in the NL. Everybody can play first, and it is a great place to have fluid to rotate and rest guys at. Having some plodding oaf there only makes sense if he is a Pujols. Seems Smith doesn’t have the pure power, and Alonso doesn’t have the high average. In other words, they will be about equal to Frazier or Bruce in an average career year. Those vets are easily found.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          If Alonso is peak value, why wouldn’t you trade him now and get the best possible return?

          1. OldBackstop says:

            Hey, I’ll trade them both….I give a huge discount to first base prospects.

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