Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pete Alonso Shows Mets Made Right Decision

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pete Alonso Shows Mets Made Right Decision

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ATLANTA — Pete Alonso has left no doubt.

The Mets rookie first baseman has been the team's best hitter, launching baseballs all over the field and over the fence. With a team-leading six home runs, Alonso has been a constant source of production.

With every hit, Alonso has proven the Mets made the right decision by adding him to the Opening Day roster instead of keeping him in the minor leagues for two weeks to gain an extra year of team control.

"I'm really grateful," Alonso said. "I'm just so happy to be here."

So are the Mets.

As they sit in first place in the National League East, Alonso's production has been a boon through the early part of the season.

It's tough to take him out of the starting lineup, but manager Mickey Callaway had to make that decision on Friday against the Braves.

The Mets are in the middle of nine straight games, and as much as the Mets want Alonso's bat in the order, he still needs occasional rest.

"As of right now, Alonso would never have a day off if we went on just him being hot," Callaway said.

The rest of the Mets' offense produced, putting together a four-run fourth inning on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Braves before 33,334 at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Nimmo, who's been scuffling at the plate all season, went 3-for-4 with a home run.

Zack Wheeler struggled early before settling in and pitching six innings, allowing two runs with three walks and eight strikeouts.

It was the right-hander's best outing so far, and it was a solid bounce-back showing after he allowed seven runs and walked seven against the Nationals his previous start.

But so much of this season has been about the play of Alonso, whose at-bats have become must-watch events.

He only had one of those on Friday. Alonso pinch-hit in the eighth and popped out to short.

Coming into the game, Alonso was batting .378 with a slugging percentage of . …

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