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Pete Alonso Ties Aaron Judge

The Mets are eliminated from the postseason. The Braves have homefield in their NLDS series against the Cardinals locked up. That doesn’t mean there was nothing to play for tonight. We saw there was when Pete Alonso hit his 52nd homer of the year.

That now ties him with Aaron Judge for the most homers by a rookie. It moves him ahead of Johnny Mize and Willie Mays for the most homers by a New York National League player.

The homer was the Mets first run of the game. They’d also score runs off an Amed Rosario third inning RBI single scoring Alonso and a J.D. Davis two run homer in what was a Mets 4-2 win.

It was a good start for Marcus Stroman who had a very good close to the season to give you hope for 2020. It was his 10th win of the year and his fourth with the Mets.

What left you puzzled was Seth Lugo pitching two innings to close out the game. He’s been great all year, and there’s no need to push him, even slightly, for the sake of a save. After all, they shut down Justin Wilson, and Lugo is a better and much more important reliever.

But today was about Alonso, and the rest of the season will be about him as well. While he’s tied Judge, his job may not be truly complete until he surpasses Judge to hold the record all by himself.

Game Notes: Jeurys Familia pitches a scoreless eighth to pick up his first hold this month.

10 thoughts on “Pete Alonso Ties Aaron Judge”

  1. David Klein says:

    Well said by Vaccarro

    Allowing Seth Lugo to throw 41 pitches two days after being eliminated from the playoffs should really be Mickey Callaway’s closing argument for “Why I should be a minor-league roving instructor somewhere next year.” #Mets— Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) September 28, 2019

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    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not assuming he made that decision solely or that it wasn’t part of the pre-game plan.

      No one should.

      1. David Klein says:

        Hahahaahahahaha! You owe Mickey money or something?oh and then change the gameplan when Lugo labors like that.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Why would you ignore all that’s been reported on the topic to push a narrative not in congruence with the facts?

      2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

        @md — Yeah, that’s very likely on the FO, desperate to keep winning meaningless games to try to look as good as possible when we look back on this disastrous season, even if it means blowing out Lugo’s arm as he reaches a whopping 80 innings out of the pen. This falls on three men, Wags and the Wilpons, who are too cowardly to acknowledge that they blundered away enormous amounts of talent and money.

        These are the clowns who threw away their #4 and #6 prospects on Stroman when the team was 49-55, got incredibly lucky in the team catching fire, and still didn’t make the postseason even in a weak National League wild card race.

        === In any case, there was still some great baseball played on the field, and it was fantastic to see Alonso knock his 52nd out of the park. I think he also reached 100 runs scored tonight. As for Frazier, for all his up and down time as a Met, he still has it. I’ll be interested to see if he can get a decent 2 year deal somewhere at his age. I guess a league average bat at 3B isn’t what it used to be. 1/$8m?

        And REALLY great to see Nimmo come back strong. The team desperately needs his OBP at the top of the order. I can’t see any ill effects from the injury. Doesn’t mean it won’t linger, but I hope he’s got the sense to demand games off if the disc starts to swell.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I wouldn’t be shocked if they want this record to look as good as possible just to help them push the narrative they’re not far away n

          1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

            Succinctly said, MD. They’ll surely once again play the game that “if only x, y, and z, and the bullpen…” and “with Nimmo and Lowrie and Smith and McNeil etc., at full health…” ignoring that the Mets enjoyed *extremely* good health overall from both the rotation and their position players. I won’t be able to take a look until the offseason, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Mets enjoyed better health and durability from their frontline talent than any contender, and maybe than any other team in the majors. They even pushed some of their players absurdly, and it still didn’t cost them in games played.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            It’s what they do. They sell narrative not postseason tickets

  2. David Klein says:

    Mickey Callaway having an exhausted Lugo throw 41 pitches in a meaningless game with the team eliminated from playoff contention is just another reason to fire Mickey Callaway.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Or a reason to fire BVW

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