Earlier today, Pete Alonso was named the National League Player of the Week. Mike Trout won the American League version of the award, which puts into perspective the company among which Alonso is being considered. Yesterday, Alonso surpassed Darryl Strawberry’s rookie record for home runs when he hit his 27th home run of the season. He leads all first basemen in WAR in both fWAR (3.2), bWAR (3.5) and is third in WARP (2.3).
During the week in question, Alonso hit an insane .417/.548/1.042 in seven games, collecting ten hits, seven walks, eight RBIs, three doubles, four home runs, and scoring seven runs.
Alonso is currently on pace for 55 home runs, which would break the rookie home run record of 49 set by Mark McGwire in 1987. Alonso’s breakout rookie year has been one of the lone bright spots in a Mets season that has been marred by misstep after misstep.