PHILADELPHIA – After his latest disappearing act, Pete Alonso was sent to the bench on Wednesday night.
The Mets slugger was 1-for-17 over the previous four games, after a breakout week in which he homers five times in seven games. Alonso left five runners at the base in Tuesday’s defeat to the Phillies.
“We’re trying to get to that consistency part,” manager Luis Rojas said. “We have seen Pete’s turn be where it should be, and then a few steps back. It is one of the daily plans and makes some adjustments and he is ready from the bench. ”
Alonso leads the Mets by 11 homers, but has produced in streaks. Rojas noted that much of Alonso̵
“We are looking for him to make the adjustment and build consistency in the last 12 games we have,” said Alonso.
With Alonso on the bench, Rojas strengthened the defense by starting Todd Frazier at third base and switching JD Davis to DH. Most of Alonso’s recent starts have come as DH, with Dominic Smith largely anchored at first base.
Steven Matz was removed from the list of available relievers as Rojas is considering a starting hand for left-handers this weekend. The Mets need a fifth starter Saturday against the Braves.
Even with Jeff McNeil’s recent hot streak, Rojas has been committed to Brandon Nimmo in the lead with Michael Conforto behind him. That has left McNeil hitting seventh.
“McNeil has reacted well and hit there, but we have considered it [a switch], ”Said Rojas. “We like McNeil in traffic.”
Dellin Betances has continued its rehabilitation from a lazy load at the Mets’ alternative training ground, but Rojas suggested there is no plan in place for the veteran reliever to return.
“The timeline is uncertain,” Rojas said. “Let’s see in the next few days where we get more clarity on how close he gets.”