Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes can’t get untracked for Mets

There was a time when Yoenis Cespedes was the one hitter the Mets needed on the plate with runners on base. We dwell in a time when Pete Alonso holds the identical place within the fan base’s coronary heart.

However in 2020, there isn’t a lot time for the workforce’s greatest sluggers to seek out their swings.

With a number of alternatives to assist cease the Mets’ three-game slide, Alonso and Cespedes mixed for one hit and 4 strikeouts, whereas being answerable for 11 of the 20 males left on base by the Mets of their 7-1 loss to the Braves on Saturday night time at Truist Park.

Alonso went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts, and stranded six runners, as his batting common dropped to .200. The reigning N.L. Rookie of the Yr now has only one hit in his previous 11 at-bats and hasn’t homered previously 5 video games, leaving the all-time rookie residence run file holder (53) caught on one residence run for the season. Final yr, Alonso had 5 residence runs in his first 10 video games.

“He desires to take action a lot on the market, and you understand how a lot he cares,” Mets supervisor Luis Rojas stated. “He’s been working actually exhausting and he truly actually appeared good earlier in follow and all the things, a bit of extra calm, not quite a lot of transferring elements, [then] not the identical within the sport. … He bought out of the rhythm he had.”

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After starter Michael Wacha was tagged for 5 runs within the first two innings, the Mets shortly discovered a possibility to chip away within the third, following back-to-back one-out walks by Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil. Then, Alonso hit into an inning-ending double play.

Alonso got here to the plate once more within the fifth with Nimmo and McNeil getting aboard, however got here up quick once more, chasing a 3-2 pitch from Luke Jackson out of the zone for the primary out. Following a seventh-inning strikeout, Alonso slammed his bat within the dugout a number of instances.

“It’s positively one thing you must regroup instantly,” Rojas stated of Alonso. “He’s bought to prepare mentally and bodily for [Sunday].”

Although Alonso can be given the chance to work via his struggles, Cespedes now not has the posh of an extended leash given the interesting alternative choices of J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith.

Outdoors of a pair of residence runs — together with the game-winner on Opening Day — one double and a pair of singles, the 34-year-old, injury-plagued DH has appeared like somebody who hasn’t performed in two years.

Following Saturday’s 0-for-Four effort with two strikeouts — leaving 5 males on base — Cespedes now holds a team-worst .161 batting common whereas hitting 1-for-13 on the highway.

With the Mets down 5-Zero within the fourth inning, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano opened the body with back-to-back singles. Subsequent got here Cespedes, who struck out on three pitches. Following a Cano sacrifice fly within the fifth, Cespedes ended a possible rally by grounding out with two Mets on base.

One week earlier, Cespedes stated, “I’ll return to being that participant from again then.”

Now, it’s unclear how for much longer the previous All-Star — within the last yr of his contract — could have that likelihood.

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