Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is having a historic rookie season, but trails significantly in All Star Game voting, nowhere near the top three of Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman, or Anthony Rizzo.
The top three will advance to the next round of voting as the starter is determined. Alonso, in fifth place with just over 319,000 votes per the latest update, is over 600,000 votes shy of Rizzo.
The fact that Alonso trails by that much is simple -- Mets fans aren't voting enough, and fans of Bell, Freeman, and Rizzo are.
Speaking before Friday's game against the Cubs, Alonso said he's "right there" with the best first basemen in terms of his production. And he isn't wrong.
"I feel like I've had a really good season and I'm right there with those guys," Alonso said. "It's kind of crazy that I've been watching those guys and TV. And now I'm here right in the mix, doing just as well as those guys. It's kind of crazy, it's a little mind boggling. But I'm just looking to keep continuing to play well and try and help this team win."
Here's how things stack up:
.275/.362/.628 with 25 homers, 16 doubles, and 59 RBI in 74 games.
.315/.383/.649 with 20 homers, 27 doubles, and 66 RBI in 72 games.
.277/.388/.550 with 19 homers, 12 doubles, and 53 RBI in 70 games.
.315/.403/.606 with 21 homers, 18 doubles, and 55 RBI in 74 games.
It's hard to argue with Bell getting the starting nod if that's what happens, but Alonso absolutely deserves to be selected as a reserve. While Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, and Jacob deGrom are also worthy of consideration, it would be surprising if Alonso isn't tabbed.