They are trying to cheap this with baseballs that it seems to look, with strike areas that probably seem to fall. They are trying to make home ground less and less special because more and more guys who are not launching these rockets are sending them out in orbit.
And yet the command still sags attention.
And then for Mets fans, across the rest of another rat season with erroneous expectation there will be Pete Alonso. There were 34,247 of them at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon and they were sent in an instant sleep when Zack Wheeler surrendered four first-inning races.
By the sixth, it was 6-0, and Aaron Nola paints corners and kneepads and transported a no-hitter through 5 3/3 innings when he tried to snake Strike 3 past Alonso. But Alonso had been facing Nola enough back in college, back in the SEC, when Alonso was in Florida and Nola at LSU, and then he took a stand up in the box and tried to neutralize Nola's breaking stuff.
Three hundred and fifty meters later, the opposite way he had.
"He's just a slugger," said Mets manager Mickey Callaway, shaking his head.
"I was lucky," Alonso said.
Fans knew it was another lost afternoon, and when the ball scraped against the blue Christmas sky, they got up and they roared and they brought Alonso around basepaths because sluggers still have the power to do so to electrify dead baseball afternoons to live even unattainable baseball teams.
He was fortunate for thirty times already this year and bowed a 43-year-old record by Dave Kingman to most of the homes of a Met before All-Star break. He made an NL rookie record with his 67th and 68th RBIs.
He has the power to get the fans to see what Metsne has to offer in the second half. Sluggers are different that way. Adeiny Hechavarria also hit a home run Sunday to almost the same place Alonso did. No one buys a ticket in August or September to see Adeiny Hechavarria swing a bat.
Mets employee who is really lucky with what Alonso has done these first 90 games is of course Brodie Van Wagenen. Alonso represents one of the few things he has done right in his maiden voyage as GM, which spans conventional wisdom and brings Alonso North with Mets rather than buying an extra year of paycheck by keeping him in Syracuse for a few weeks.
Sunday was a special fresh day for Van Wagenen, two days after he made as Al Oerter and turned a Citi Field chair into a discus during a heated meeting with his coach. His craft was over the sport. Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce hit two home teams, giving him three on weekends and four in total against Mets so far. So there it was.
Four homes ̵
In Cleveland, Canon's two corner slots players – Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic – played in the Futures Game at night and charmed a number of local teachers of the day with their poise and their desire, so there it was. In Tampa, Travis d & # 39; Arnaud – the draft of Van Wagenen as an empty beer, after 25 records this year, followed up with his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another race and making a great defensive game in the first place Then there it was.
And as a report showed that Mets & # 39; s had "asked about" about Joe Girardi, favorite Van Wagenen whipping boy Mickey Callaway was still Mets manager and he was still cutting out optimistic pearls postgame despite the fact that Mets fell to a unharmed 40-50 of the year (One and a half fight better than last year in break [39-52]! Two and a half better than 2017 [39-53]! Progress!).
"I feel we can still run this thing," Callaway said.
Then there was.
Mostly there is Alonso, the one thing Van Wagenen has touched that has not turned to rust (unless you expect he does not act Jeff McNeil along with Dunn and Kelenic; at this time, Van Wagenen probably includes it in their own list "pros"). There are views of several balls that fill the sky, more balls that fill the bleachers, more otherwise empty nights get a wonderful hope thanks to a slugger named Polar Bear.
That's what Mets & # 39; s heading for those who enter the second half when they want to invade Miami and, after being brushed off by the three varsity teams in the NL East, will definitely urge the Marlins "Come get us" as they confuse the JV trophy and fourth place.