When the Mets' lineup against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers came out on Friday afternoon, Pete Alonso's name was not on it. Before the game, Mickey Callaway explained why.
"He's totally fine," Callaway said. "We just all felt like he needed an off day. After talking to everybody -- just seeing Pete for the last few days, I think an off day is warranted for him. I think he's played in more games than any rookies, more games than most players. It's been a lot of games in a row for him. So off for some of the game at least."
Callaway said that the Alonso fouling a ball off his leg during Thursday's game did not impact their decision to sit him.
As far as what Callaway and the Mets staff saw that led to not starting Alonso, he said part of it was Alonso's pitch selection over the last few games.
"I think some of the selection. You saw him yesterday. I think he swung at the first eight pitches he saw from a lefty and didn't put him in play. That was kind of showing me, 'man, this guy must be fatigued a little bit.' We've been leaning on this guy for the whole season, he's carried us for most of the season. Now we've got a bunch of guys performing well. We can afford to give him a day off. Let's do it. Let's get Pete back the way he needs to be."
Alonso, who hit his 46th and 47th home runs of the season on Monday night, and has gone 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts since, drawing a walk in his other plate appearance.
Callaway added that he expects to have Alonso in the lineup every game for the rest of the season beginning on Saturday.
With Alonso out Friday night, Todd Frazier is starting at first base, Jeff McNeil is at third base, and J.D. Davis is in left field.