The case that Pete Alonso will be the only 2019 Mets All Star

I started to think about who might be on the All Star team for the Mets.  Let’s take a look….

Let’s start at 1B and use the stat that millennials love…OPS.  Here we see Pete Alonso is 4th

If I sort by Old Man Stats…Home Runs specifically, Pete is #2

So Bellinger is in, and we’re going to want to take someone from the Pirates so Bell is in.   Pete is right there and I will come back to his strong case.

At 2B….well this is tricky, I could see Cano making it because idiots in the rest of America will see his name at check the box….but sorting by OPS he’s not even the best “2B” on the Mets.

So for Cano it’s get-voted-in or bust, and the Cubs fans will make sure Baez is the 2B….so No Cano.  Bust.  In so many ways.

At SS, Rosario ain’t happening.  Nor is Lyin’ Todd Frazier at 3B.  Sad.

Let’s go to the OF…

If we OPS this thing, Conforto is #2.  However, Conforto has a concussion.  If he comes back soon does he come back strong?  If he’s out for a while does he have the numbers to keep up?  I’m not sure .271 9 and 21 will look All Starry in a month no matter the OPS.

If we sort by Old Man Numbers like HR it’s not as attractive, and see above about how 9 HRs looks a month from now.

Since we need a Padre, this Reyes guy solves that (although Stamen lets the league in saves).  We’re gonna need a Red…could Winker sneak in?  (Or is Luis Castillo’s 5-1 and ERA under 2 a better pick???)   Or do they take Suarez (13 HRs) at 3B?  OK maybe Winker is out.

Also not listed there is Harper who you know will get voted in.  So assuming Yelich, Harper and Pederson….with Reyes on it….two or three spots left, does Conforto get one?

At C someone is gonna suggest Ramos.  Right now only 5 catchers in the NL qualify for the batting title…let’s look at them

So that ain’t happening….

I guess we should look at the Five Four Aces….old guys like me love wins….

So no JDG and no Thor.  Sorry.  Wanna talk saves?

As you know someone could rack up 5 saves in a week, well not on the Mets as they won’t win 5 games in a week, so we can’t rule out Diaz but we do have to take someone from SF so W. Smith could get the nod.

And then there is Jeff McNeil.  Yes he has nice enough stats, but he has no position and is not a household name.  I only see this happening if Conforto is out AND they ignore Alonso AND they need a warm body with a jersey that says Mets on it.   A super-sub All Star like Joel Youngblood was once.  Is this what it has come to, comparing this team to the late 1970s???

And that’s that.  If I am MLB I would want to grow my sport and I would use my influence to make sure Pete Alonso is the choice.   My take is right now it’s Conforto or Pete, and given the concussion, my money is on Pete.

 

 

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Matt Harvey pitched better than DeGrom last night.  You’ll look.

Jason Alexander in a Syracuse Mets uniform,?  You’ll look.

I am going to spin this into a post, but how many All Stars are on the Mets right now?  I think the answer is one and his name is Pete.

Matt Harvey was better than Jacob deGrom last night…you’ll look.

It was everyone’s favorite day of the week, Harvey Day, and TDK returned to face the Royals.  You may recall that earlier in the year The Koala had his best outing against these same Royals pitching 7 innings.

Now this game was a 10pm start on the east coast so I was in no mood for 7 innings.

And Matt’s off to a hot start….sit down son!

And it’s a 1-2-3 first and we get the first Matt Harvey Looks Cool Walking Off The Mound image in a long time!

Let’s talk about the uniform.  Looks pretty snazzy.  It shouldn’t, but this is a good look for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angels California United States.

Hopefully the 2nd inning would be a complete disaster so I could go to sleep….but Matt Harvey had other ideas…sit down son.

But then a WALK and would Matt respond poorly to adversity like usual……

UH OH

Whew it’s one of those 380 foot outs that the Angels didn’t know about when they gave this guy $11 million.

Whew, right?

But you know how the inning ends?  You can sit down son.

And The Koala is gonna make me stay up late.

On to the 3rd but it’s almost 11pm and I only have one more inning in me.   The Angels scored three runs so Matty Baseball came out with a nice lead and….

Two quick easy ground balls and the Matt Harvey Swagger is back.

But wait….the no-hitter (wait, what?) gets broken up by a bloop….then Matt gives us another single and suddenly there are runners on the corners!

But he gets out of it…and thanks the defense for making a nice play.

That would do it for me.  As much as I like making fun of this guy, it’s 11pm and I can tell he’s going 7 tonight and I am not staying up until 2am so lets go to bed and turn it over to Saturday Morning Me…..

In the 5th, TDK got his 6th strike out.  You can sit down son!

But in the 6th, two men get on to lead off the inning…

And the Sweatshirt Bully is having none of this!

That’s some good managing there as we all know Matt is good until he’s not.

He was even better than the line – 5 innings, 2 runs (those guys), 6 Ks and maybe the 4 walks are ugly.

Not much to make fun of tonight.  He was better than deGrom.

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