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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

J.D. Davis emerged as one of the most intriguing Mets this past season, a Brodie Van Wagenen success story who had a knack for big hits, a glittering stat line and a catchy nickname: "Just Dingers."

But while Davis mashed enough that the Mets must find a regular lineup spot for him, there is some uncertainty around the 26-year-old slugger this offseason. That means he could be one of the most intriguing Mets of the winter, too.

Is Davis the club's starting left fielder in 2020? What about all those other outfielders on the roster? Perhaps he could start at third base, his regular position in the minors. One former Met believes if Davis were given that job before spring training, the confidence boost would help him handle the position defensively.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke the MLB record for home runs by a rookie, after hitting 53 homers this season.

His performance throughout the season has now earned him Baseball America's 2019 Rookie of the Year after a unanimous vote. It's the first award among many that Alonso will likely receive in his career.

He broke the Mets all-time single-season home run record -- originally held by both Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran with 41 home runs. He passed the two former Mets with his 42nd home run on Aug. 27. Hundley had orginally set the record in 1996, while Beltran tied him in 2006.

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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets and their fans were taken on an emotional roller coaster this past season, going from hopeful to hopeless, back to hopeful, then landing in a cold bucket of September reality.

"We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at," Michael Conforto told reporters after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25. "We want to play in October. That's the goal. I think we have the guys in here to do it. We have to put six months of baseball together and we didn't do that this year."

The bullpen has been the default answer when media and fans debate what the Mets need to improve when building a better team for 2020. However, for me, it's third on the list...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The most telling aspect of Joe Girardi's candidacy for Mets manager so far has probably been the enthusiasm of his former employers. If the Yankees did not feel a deep respect for Girardi, they would not be boosting him as wholeheartedly as they are.

It's not just Brian Cashman telling SNY's John Harper that he would "highly recommend" Girardi to anyone seeking a manager. It's the many other Yankees officials who, while focusing on their own team's postseason game planning, have taken time to compliment Girardi to reporters and wish him well in the Mets search.

Cashman and others have offered very strong references in private conversations with the Mets, according to people briefed on those conversations.

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

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Pete Alonso just wrapped up one of the most incredible rookie seasons in the history of baseball.

The Mets' first baseman blasted 53 home runs, the most ever by a rookie, surpassing Aaron Judge's previous record of 52 in 2017.
He finished the year with 53 home runs, 120 RBI, and a .260 averaging, making the NL Rookie of the Year Award a virtual lock.

On Friday, Alonso stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to prove that there's, in fact, nothing that he can't hit.

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Attendance around the MLB was down as a whole this year. 

But not at Citi Field. 

Looking at the total attendance numbers with the MLB regular season done, the Mets actually saw an increase in the fans heading to the ballpark.

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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Eamon's 1-on-1 with Pete Alonso 00:02:49
SNY's Eamon McAnaney talks with Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and discusses his 9/11 Memorial and Museum donation.

When the anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks comes around each MLB season, it is always a special night for the Mets. Pete Alonso has never experienced it in New York before, which is why he wanted to make a statement this season when he wore custom cleats commemorating the date. 

Those cleats -- along with a custom bat -- were donated by Alonso to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday. 

"To have the cleats that you had designed for this anniversay of 9/11, with all of the symbolism attached to that and the cooperation of your teammates in wearing them on the anniversary is such a meaningful gesture of remembrance and respect," Alice M. Greenwald, the President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, said at the event. "I think everyone across the country was moved by it."

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Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran
Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have gone through a lot of boom and bust cycles since their first-ever game in 1962, with just nine of those seasons ending with playoff appearances.

In 1969, the Mets came out of nowhere to win the World Series (though Gil Hodges and the players on that team didn't see it that way) and the 1973 squad benefited from a very weak National League to make it to the playoffs with just 82 wins and ride it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.

When it comes to teams ready to turn the corner, you can usually see it coming. And the 2019 version of the Mets -- finishing 3.0 games back of a playoff spot -- bear a much closer resemblance to their counterparts from 2005, 1998, and 1985 than the 1972 and 1968 squads. The 2005, 1998, and 1985 Mets all suffered near-misses when it came to making the playoffs, and all of them returned stronger the next season...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Chris Paddack is going to be angry again.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award for September -- the third time he has taken the honors this season. He also won in April and June. 

Alonso's win in April angered Paddack (who thought he was deserving) and led to the two having a back-and-forth through the media when the Mets faced the Padres in San Diego in May.

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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Early Sunday afternoon, when Pete Alonso was still basking in the glow of Saturday night's historic 53rd home run -- the most ever for a major-league rookie -- he was telling SNY's Steve Gelbs in a pre-game interview that one of his primary goals going into next season is to improve his defense at first base.

"I want to win a Gold Glove," he said.

Suffice it to say that spoke not only to Alonso's pursuit of greatness, but the outlook for the Mets in the years to come.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith
Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith

The Mets (86-76) put a bow on the 2019 season on Sunday, coming back to beat the Braves in extra innings to complete a three-game sweep.

Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it....


The Mets were trailing the Braves by two runs in the 11th inning on Sunday when Dominic Smith came up with two on and two out. Smith, in his first at-bat in months, crushed a game-winning three-run homer >> Read more

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Mets end with a flourish 00:01:51
Mickey Callaway, Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis on Smith's dramatic walk-off HR and the closeness of the Mets team

It was simply meant to be. 

The season was down to its final out with two runners on in a 6-4 game when Dom Smith stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Smith had worked tirelessly to get back to 100 percent health before the end of the season, and manager Mickey Callaway said before the game that he wants to get him in. 

Well, it was the perfect time to do so. 

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Mets complete sweep of Braves 00:01:29
Dominic Smith made his return from the IL in dramatic fashion, launching a walk off 3-run HR in the 11th inning as the Mets swept the Braves

To finish off their season, the Mets did it with a grand walk-off to defeat the Braves, 7-6, at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) In an improbable, feel-good finish to a season that was somewhat appropriate for a Mets' team that came back from the dead with a second-half comeback, Dom Smith hit an 11th-inning, game-winning home run in his first at-bat since July 26th. Which, naturally, led to one last tear-off-the-jersey moment, an instant tradition that also became a trademark of a team that pulled off some keep-hope-alive, walk-off wins at Citi Field down the stretch.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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1-on-1 with Pete Alonso 00:07:18
SNY's Steve Gelbs goes 1-on-1 with Pete Alonso as they discuss his remarkable rookie season

Pete Alonso truly soaked in the moment where he mashed his 53rd home run of the season, setting a new single season record for a rookie in MLB history. You could see the pure emotion taking over as he rounded the bases and met his teammates at the dugout with he Citi Field crowd going ballistic the entire time. 

Alonso has had a full night's sleep to reflect on what he actually did on Saturday night, and he still can't believe what happened

"Yeah, it's still surreal. I mean to wake up today it's like, 'Wow, that really happened,'" Alonso said in a 1-on-1 with SNY's Steve Gelbs before the final regular season game for the Mets on Sunday. "I still can't believe it. It's been just such an incredible year and just to kinda perform and play the way I have -- overly joyed." 

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (85-76, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their final series of the season with the Braves (97-64, 5.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Sunday at 3:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Braves 3-0 on Saturday night as Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run of the season to set a new MLB record for home runs by a rookie. He became just the ninth player in NL history to hit at least 53 home runs in a single season. Steven Matz pitched well in his final start of the year, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just two hits. The lefty struck out seven, and got his 11th win of the season, finishing with a 4.21 ERA. Rene Rivera hit his first home run of the season to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.

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Once again, Pete Alonso brought the Citi Field faithful to its feet Saturday, sending his 53rd home run of the season over the wall in center field to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Alonso had tied Aaron Judge's rookie home run record with a homer off of Dallas Keuchel on Friday, and wasted no time Saturday leapfrogging the Yankee outfielder in the history books.

The back pages of the New York papers focused on Alonso Saturday morning after he tied the record, and that did not change Sunday morning as he rounds out an incredible rookie campaign.

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The Mets (85-76) finish out their season against the Atlanta Braves (97-64) Sunday at 3:10 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

Here's what happened Saturday, in case you missed it....


Pete Alonso launched his 53rd home run of the season to break Aaron Judge's rookie record for homers in a season. >> Read more

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On Friday night, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge offered some praise to Pete Alonso on tying his record. In fact, Judge said that if the two were to go out to dinner to celebrate their rookie accomplishments, that he would pick up the bill himself.

"That would be cool," Judge said. "I'll get this one, he can get the next one."

After Alonso broke the record on Saturday, he was asked if he'd thought about taking Judge up on that offer.

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Alonso hits rookie record 53rd HR 00:01:53
Alonso on becoming baseball's single-season rookie HR king

No rookie in the history or baseball has ever accomplished what Pete Alonso was able to in 2019.

On Saturday night, Alonso lifted his 53rd home run of the season, breaking the previous record set by Aaron Judge in 2017 for the most home runs ever hit by a rookie. 

Alonso's record-breaking moment came in the bottom of the third inning, as he blasted a solo home run off of Mike Foltynewicz that put him alone atop the record books.

"After I hit it I just wanted to see it and enjoy the moment a little bit, because rounding the bases, I think that lasts maybe 20 seconds, maybe 25 seconds, so I just really wanted to enjoy that as much as I can," Alonso said about watching the ball leave the park. "It's not every day that that happens. It was just a magical moment. It's incredible." 

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Celebrating Pete Alonso 00:01:45
Mickey Callaway and Steven Matz share their thoughts on Pete Alonso's record-breaking night

The Mets defeated the Braves 3-0 on Saturday night at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) One night after tying the all-time rookie home run record, Pete Alonso rewrote the history books on Saturday, blasting his 53rd home run of the season. His solo home run in the bottom of the third inning extended the Mets lead to 3-0. Aside from becoming just the all-time home run leader for rookies, Alonso is also just the ninth player overall in NL history to hit at least 53 home runs in a season. The first baseman raised both arms as the ball sailed over the wall in right-center, and was given a standing ovation by the Citi Field crowd. 

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Pete Alonso now stands alone atop the all-time rookie home run list.

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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the years I've come to rely on scouts for their observations, insights and opinions, so when John Morris, a scout and special assistant to the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, called me recently and said, "I've got a great Jacob deGrom story for you," I was all ears.

I assumed John was going to put deGrom's second straight sensational season in some unique perspective for me, as only a long-time scout could, and as it turned, out, I was right.

Only it wasn't about his pitching. 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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The Mets (84-76, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final series of the season with the Braves (97-63, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets enter Saturday with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. ... Pete Alonso tied the MLB record for most home runs in a single season from a rookie with his 52nd on Friday, a number which currently leads the majors as well. ... Seth Lugo successfully recorded the final six outs against the Braves on Friday for his sixth save of the season, he has 104 strikeouts the season, a single-season career-best for Lugo. ... Brandon Nimmo has reached base safety in 38 of his 85 plate appearances since being activated from the IL and is hitting at a .274 average. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine-straight games. ... Robinson Cano returns to the lineup on Saturday after he was hit by a pitch on Thursday and left that game early, he did not play on Friday. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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No one knows what Pete Alonso is feeling right now more than Aaron Judge, and there might not be a bigger fan of the Mets 1B than the Yankees RF for the 2019 campaign's final two games.

After the rising Mets star tied the face of the Yankees' single-season rookie home run record set in 2017 with Friday's first-inning solo shot during the Mets' 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves to reach 52 on the year, Judge was asked about Alonso's feat.

Not only is Judge happy for Alonso, but he hopes he breaks the record entirely at some point over the weekend -- the Mets play two more game against the Braves, Saturday and Sunday, in the team's three-game series to close the regular season.

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No one knows what Pete Alonso is feeling right now more than Aaron Judge, and there might not be a bigger fan of the Mets 1B than the Yankees RF for the 2019 campaign's final two games.

After the rising Mets star tied the face of the Yankees' single-season rookie home run record set in 2017 with Friday's first-inning solo shot during the Mets' 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves to reach 52 on the year, Judge was asked about Alonso's feat.

Not only is Judge happy for Alonso, but he hopes he breaks the record entirely at some point over the weekend -- the Mets play two more game against the Braves, Saturday and Sunday, in the team's three-game series to close the regular season.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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As the Mets climbed out of an early two-run hole for Friday's 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, 1B Pete Alonso gave New York a boost and made some history in the process.

Alonso's first-inning solo shot off Braves LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.75 ERA) put the Mets on the board before the offense came alive in the third and fourth innings with three more runs to mount the comeback.

But the long ball meant more to Alonso, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored as the Mets (84-76) beat the Braves (97-63).

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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The Mets (84-76) continue a season-ending three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (97-63) Saturday at 7:15 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

Here's what happened Friday, in case you missed it....


1B Pete Alonso tied Yankees RF Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record when he hit his 52nd of the year >> Read more

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Alonso on his record 52nd HR 00:02:56
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso goes in depth on his emotions when hitting his record 52nd HR in front of the hometown crowd

"Unbelievable."

That was the first word to come out of Pete Alonso's mouth when asked about what he had accomplished on Friday night against the Braves.

In the first inning, the Mets' first baseman lined a solo home run to left field. His 52nd home run of the year tied him with Aaron Judge for the most ever hit by a rookie in the history of Major League Baseball. 

"When I was rounding the bases, I felt like a little kid, like a seven-year-old kid," said Alonso. "I was just really kind of overcome with pure joy and emotion. I can't think of a happier time in my life playing baseball. That is the ultimate. That is, for me, what dreams are made of. It's unbelievable that it happened. ... I'm just so incredibly happy."

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Marcus Stroman's first abbreviated season in a Mets uniform now seems to be at it's end.

The right-hander went 6.0 innings on Friday against Atlanta, allowing just two earned runs while striking out eight. He left the game with the Mets holding a two-run lead.

Stroman's 11 starts with the Mets were steady, but he never seemed to get in the same kind of groove that led him to a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays prior to being traded at the deadline. In those 11 starts, Stroman compiled 59.2 innings, pitching to a 3.77 ERA. He struck out 60 hitters while walking just 24, but opponents collectively hit .278 against him coming into Friday's start.

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Mets beat Braves 4-2 00:01:21
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smacks his record-tying 52nd HR of the season as the Mets go on to beat the Braves 4-2.

The Mets blasted two home runs on their way to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) In the bottom of the first inning with an 0-1 count, Pete Alonso hit his 52nd home run of the season. With that homer, he ties Yankees' star Aaron Judge for the MLB record for home runs by a rookie. Alonso ended the game going 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He now has 119 RBI on the season, good for third in the National League behind the Braves' Freddie Freeman (121) and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon (124).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Alonso crushes 52nd HR 00:00:28
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 52nd HR of the season and ties Aaron Judge's rookie record

With an 0-1 count and one out in the first inning, Pete Alonso made history.

He blasted a home run to left field off of Braves starter Dallas Keuchel to tie the MLB record for home runs by a rookie in a single season.

Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge had previously held the record, hitting 52 homers in 2017.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (SNY)

Move over, Aaron Judge. 

Pete Alonso has tied baseball's all-time single-season rookie home run record, which Judge set with 52 home runs in 2017.

Alonso blasted his 52nd home run on Friday night at Citi Field, a solo home run off of Dallas Keuchel that hit above the orange line in left field.

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deGrom talks Cy Young race 00:06:11
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom sits with SNY's Steve Gelbs and discusses his success in 2019 and possibly adding another Cy Young award.

A pair of Mets cracked the Top 20 list of MLB's list of most popular jerseys of 2019, with Pete Alonso finishing at No. 14 and Jacob deGrom slotting in at No. 19. 

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge finished atop the list for the third consecutive season. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it....


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose 4-2 to Marlins 00:01:21
The New York Mets took a late lead in the 7th inning but the Marlins answered with 3 runs in the 8th to eventually win 4-2

The Mets struggled to get much going on offense, losing 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) In what could be his final appearance as member of the Mets, Zack Wheeler pitched one of his best games of the season. The righty allowed three earned runs on just five hits, while striking out 10 batters. Wheeler had allowed just two hits heading into the eighth inning, but gave up two home runs, including a two-run blast from Tyler Heineman -- the first of his career. The other homer was hit by former Met, Curtis Granderson (12). Wheeler hadn't given up a home run since Aug. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Earlier this month, Pete Alonso spearheaded an effort for all of his teammates to wear cleats dedicated to 9/11 victims and their families on the 18th anniversary of the tragic events.

Now, Alonso will be donating his cleats to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan.


 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Mets (83-75, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins (55-103) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the second Wild Card. The team still went on to beat the Marlins 10-3 as Jacob deGrom was dominant in his final start of the season. The potential Cy Young Award winner threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. He ends the season with 23-straight scoreless innings pitched and 255 total strikeouts. Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run of the season, as the first baseman is one homer shy of tying the rookie home run record held by the Yankees' Aaron Judge. Prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins, the team activated Dom Smith from the 60-Day IL and announced Jeff McNeil will need surgery for his fractured wrist that he suffered in Wednesday's game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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While the Mets' 2019 season wound up with them missing the playoffs, the emergence of a young core of offensive players meant all was not lost amidst the wreckage of the bullpen carnage that was the main reason the team will be sitting home in October.

The emergence of that core will mean some good problems regarding playing time in 2020. And the struggles of the bullpen will mean some tough decisions regarding how to fix it.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (83-75) wrap up their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it....


Jacob deGrom almost certainly cemented his second-straight Cy Young award and Pete Alonso inched closer to the rookie home run record in the Mets' 10-3 win over the Marlins, but the Mets were still eliminated from playoff contention >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) turns a double play over Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz (1) at second base in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) turns a double play over Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz (1) at second base in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have now officially been eliminated from postseason contention.

Even as the Mets got off to a strong start on Wednesday night against the Marlins, the Brewers rode a Ryan Braun grand slam to a six-run first inning against the Reds in Cincinnati. The Brewers went on to win 9-2, officially clinching the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

The Mets had been battling for a Wild Card spot since the end of July, when a stretch of 15 wins in 16 games brought them back into the playoff conversation after an average first half of the season. Despite being one of the better performing teams in the second half of play, the early struggles of the first half and the shaky play down the stretch in September ultimately put the Mets playoff hopes to bed.

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Mets smack Marlins 10-3 00:01:34
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 51st HR and is one shy of tying the rookie record. The Mets were also eliminated from the playoffs.

The Mets hit early and often and got another gem from Jacob deGrom en route to a 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Citi Field, but they were also eliminated from playoff contention. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Mets won 10-3 after keeping their slim playoff chances alive on Tuesday with some heroics from Michael Conforto. However, the odds were still stacked against the Mets and even with their win, they were eliminated from postseason contention thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers, which was the overlying story from this one. The Mets needed to win their final five games, including Wednesday, to stay alive, while the Brewers had to lose out. Instead, they beat the Reds on Wednesday, 9-2. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Alonso crushes 51st HR 00:00:14
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 51st HR of the season and is one shy of tying Aaron Judge's rookie record.

Mets slugger Pete Alonso is on the heels of history now. 

Padding to a 4-0 win, the rookie crushed a three-run home run to extend the Met lead over the Miami Marlins to 7-0. 

Jacob deGrom and Todd Frazier, who both singled, scored on the shot. 

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Alonso crushes 51st HR 00:00:14
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 51st HR of the season and is one shy of tying Aaron Judge's rookie record.

Mets slugger Pete Alonso is on the heels of history now. 

Padding to a 4-0 win, the rookie crushed a three-run home run to extend the Met lead over the Miami Marlins to 7-0. 

Jacob deGrom and Todd Frazier, who both singled, scored on the shot. 

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Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it....


Noah Syndergaard had another mediocre outing, but the Mets -- with Michael Conforto blasting a pair of two-run homers -- rallied from a 4-0 deficit before a literal walk-off in the 11th inning >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (81-75, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final homestand of the season as they take on the Marlins (55-101) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are just 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Marlins. ... With their next win, the Mets would clinch their first winning season since the 2016 campaign. ... Pete Alonso has hit 24 home runs at Citi Field this year, tied with Darryl Strawberry's 24 at Shea in 1990 as the most by a Met at home in team history. ... Mets pitchers have struck out 1,448 batters this season, a new franchise record.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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