Nats-killers series #2: Pete Alonso no stranger to big home runs against the Washington Nationals


We’re taking a break from the labor negotiations to come back again to the penultimate installment of our Nats-killers collection as we have a look at the gamers which have owned the Washington Nationals up to now of their careers.

To compensate for the collection up to now, together with the introduction and the primary three gamers in our checklist, you will discover the hyperlinks under. The introduction to the collection offers you the factors we’re in search of within the Nats-killers and among the near-misses who received’t be on the checklist.

Let’s proceed our countdown with #2 on our checklist of Nats-killers: Pete Alonso.

On this collection, we’re going to try their numbers in opposition to the Nationals after which revisit their “signature” second in opposition to the crew the place they really modified the sport.

The Numbers

Thus far within the collection, we’ve checked out Anthony Santander, Matt Adams, and Kevin Pillar. Whereas they’ve largely had productive main league careers, they’re not gamers who anybody would take into account to be among the many sport’s higher gamers.

The identical can’t be mentioned for Alonso, who burst onto the scene for the New York Mets in 2019, successful Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months and ending seventh within the NL MVP voting.

In 48 video games in opposition to the Nationals, Alonso has a chic .358/.432/.728 slash line in 199 plate appearances, clubbing 16 HR and driving in 38 runs, good for an unimaginable wRC+ of 203.

As a result of his profession is simply three seasons outdated at this level, that dominance in opposition to the Nats props up the remainder of his profession numbers. Towards everybody else within the majors, Alonso slashes simply .241/.335/.516, giving him solely a barely above-average 126 wRC+.

Sure, one of many standards we set out within the introduction was {that a} participant should be a lot better in opposition to the Nationals than the remainder of the league, and Alonso continues to be a reasonably good participant anyway. Nevertheless, what he lacks in that distinction is made up by the actual fact he has a pattern measurement (199 PA) nearly double the following nearest participant on this checklist, Matt Adams (109 PA).

There may not be something that emphasizes his dominance in opposition to the Nats than 2020.

Throughout 198 plate appearances in opposition to the remainder of the league, Alonso slashed .191/.288/.416 with a below-average 89 wRC+. Towards the Nationals although, the primary baseman tore the duvet off the ball to the tune of a .429/.512/.857 slash line and wRC+ of 262 in 41 plate appearances.

Signature Second

The numbers look sensational for Alonso, however he has additionally stepped up within the largest of moments greater than anybody else on the checklist up to now with a good few signature moments.

Alonso can be the participant we’ve checked out up to now who has a walk-off hit to his identify.

Again in August final season, the Nationals rolled into Citi Discipline within the midst of a 3-7 run following their commerce deadline sell-off that successfully waved the white flag on the season and closed a 10-season aggressive window.

The Mets, in the meantime, had been searching down the Philadelphia Phillies on the prime of the NL East. So whereas their guests had a watch on the long run, New York wanted a win within the three-game collection.

After successful the primary two video games — the second of which was performed as the primary a part of a doubleheader after being rained out the evening earlier than — the 2 sides went at it once more within the second of two video games that day in a [shudders] seven-inning sport.

The Nats rallied within the prime of the ultimate body from 4-1 all the way down to tie it at 4-4, however couldn’t fairly get the go-ahead run throughout, so that they handed the tie-game over to de facto nearer, Kyle Finnegan,

Finnegan retired Jeff McNeil on eight pitches, however then Alonso dug in, and on a 2-0 rely, he dug out a pitch low within the strike zone and launched it simply over the left-field fence. Most likely not his prettiest or his farthest, but it surely bought the job carried out and bought the Mets a win.

Within the grand scheme of issues although, it didn’t imply a terrific deal for the Mets who fell out of rivalry in the direction of the top of the season.

For the Nationals, it was one in all many losses that piled up down the stretch with a weakened crew, particularly with an inexperienced bullpen that struggled to hold onto late leads.

A seventh-inning walk-off house run simply a few weeks after the Nats bailed on the 2021 season may be too gimmicky for some. So, as a second alternative, in 2019, Alonso additionally hit an enormous house run in opposition to Washington throughout a collection through which they dropped to that fateful 19-31 mark…

Subsequent up…

4 down, one to go. To this point, we’ve had all kinds of gamers up to now. Small pattern sizes, massive pattern sizes. A number of signature moments, few signature moments. An enormous distinction in manufacturing, smaller however nonetheless sizeable variations in manufacturing.

The highest of this checklist although has every little thing although. The large distinction in manufacturing between the Nationals and the remainder of the league, a number of signature moments, and cheap pattern measurement.

For a closing clue, this participant even had a walk-off hit in opposition to the Nationals in 2021…

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