In a season that started off with tons of expectations, the New York Mets had a solid lead in the NL East heading into the All-Star break. Star ace Jacob deGrom was healthy and pitching at an MVP level, it wasn’t until the later parts of the year where a precipitous slide that is all too common with the Mets franchise would happen.
The Mets are currently sitting at third place in the division and are 7.5 games back from the Braves, after being in first place for 90 straight days, their longest streak since 2007.
Star first baseman Pete Alonso appeared on the Barstool Sports Mets podcast We Gotta Believe to voice his frustrations with the up-and-down season and how he handled some of the tougher losses this year.
“I’d be lying if I said 'oh yeah, I just move on (from losses).' Certain things, certain moments throughout the season you're like 'man, if we would’ve done this right,' Alonso said. “I want to help my team close the door, finish the series, if we don’t sweep, we gotta win, or instead of getting swept, gotta get that last game, gotta get a salvage game, so I do agree where there are certain instances where it’s like, 'damn'”.
Alonso then spoke on how he evaluates his performances after every game by logging in a notebook on things he did right and things he did wrong, and some of the certain situations he picked up on at the plate.
“I do a lot of thinking, especially when it comes to after the game. I have a pretty big notebook where I jot down all of my thoughts, not just on how I played the game but there are certain situations in the game I want to be able to think back on and keep it in the memory bank. I pretty much log everything that’s happened. It can be specific as, 'ok in a 2-1 count and (Max) Scherzer loves throwing sliders,' or it can be a general thing where it’s like first and third less than two innings to go, speedy guy on third, could be a push-run here”.
The Polar Bear was then asked about how he evaluates his performances after each game, and what he looks for.
“There’s certain things where it’s like, 'god your approach today was absolute dogshit today, what were you doing?' And that’s the honest to god truth. It’s like, 'your approach was dogshit because you swung at all sliders in the dirt, you swung at fastballs at your eyes, and you didn’t swing at anything in the zone. But good defense, and you did this well, this well, and this well.' So, I try to break it down offensively and defensively."
If you’re a Mets fan, you got to love the approach Alonso has towards the game. Despite Pete’s slumps in big moments this season, you can see he takes certain losses hard, but not too hard, and is making strides to improve his play after games and is evaluating himself in a honest way.
The Metropolitans only have four more series left to play until the season is over, starting with the Boston Red Sox and Brewers. They finish the season off playing against NL East foes the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
While the playoffs are seemingly out of reach, there has been crazier things that have happened throughout this franchise’s history. Despite that, it would take a herculean effort and a collapse from a few teams ahead of them in the division and in the wild card race for the Mets to be able to sneak into postseason play.