Pete Alonso Has Shown He Belongs on Mets Opening Day Roster: Will They Carry Both Alonso And Smith?Posted: Updated:
New York - The New York Mets open their regular season on Thursday, March 28 at 1:05 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Although Cy Young Award winner Jacob DeGrom has no question marks around his future with the Mets after a five year, $137.5 million guaranteed extension, there are still a couple of question marks around Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith.
The question marks around the two 1st baseman are, who makes the opening day roster?The Mets have consistently expressed that they intend to take their 25 best players to Washington.
According to MLB.com's Mets reporter Anthony DiComo, Manager Mickey Callaway acknowledged that former Rumble Ponie Pete Alonso is lining himself up to be part of that group. The question behind that statement is of course, what does that mean for twenty-three year old Dominic Smith? It would be a surprise, at this point, if the Mets don't carry both Alonso and Smith on their opening day roster.
"It's been fun, you know" said Dominic Smith. "He's a talented player, he can swing it. His defense, he's been working on that and he's been making big strides in that. He just makes our lineup so good. Our lineup is really deep and I would put it up against anyone's to be honest. That's how much we believe in ourselves and each other. It should be fun."
Alonso, 24, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Florida. From there, he's bounced from Brooklyn, to St. Lucie, to Binghamton and ended his 2018 season with the Mets Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.The slugger spent his 2018 season in Binghamton and Las Vegas, hitting 36 home runs with a .285 average and a .975 OPS.
The Florida native has had the same impact with the big club this spring. He's had a breakout spring training at the plate, hitting four home runs with a .360 average and a 1.076 OPS. His defense, the Mets' reason for not promoting him last season, has improved, too.
On the other hand, Smith has also posted impressive spring training numbers, batting .349 with an OPS of .869 and one home run.
"It pushes everybody on the team" said Smith. "We got a young core of guys who have played a lot together. We've come up together and we know how to play with each other and push each other. No matter what opportunities we get we're going to be pulling for each other to come through. If we do well then that means we're going to win more ball games and that's the goal. You know, the goal is to be playing in the playoffs. We don't care who does it as long as it gets done on an every day basis. That's what we're focused on."