Mets rookie Pete Alonso is expected to take home some hardware on Monday when the Rookie of the Year awards are announced, but he was snubbed Thursday night when it came to another potential honor.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves won the National League Silver Slugger award at first base, given annually to the player in each league deemed the best hitter at each position.
The award is voted on by the coaches and managers.
When it comes to Alonso vs. Freeman, the vote really could have gone either way. If you wanted the guy with more power, it was clearly Alonso. If you wanted the guy with the higher batting average and on base percentage, it was clearly Freeman. Here's how the two stacked up:
Batting average: .260
On base percentage: .358
Slugging percentage: .583
Home runs: 53
Batting average: .293
On base percentage: .379
Slugging percentage: .527
Home runs: 38
The Silver Slugger award Freeman won on Thursday was the first of his career.
As far as Alonso, he is a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year award along with Mike Soroka and Fernando Tatis Jr. It is expected that Alonso will win in a landslide, and the only question may be whether he does so in unanimous fashion.