Mets Suddenly Unstoppable, Walk It Off Again After Dramatic Pete Alonso Grand Slam

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The New York Mets have been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments to start the 2023 season.

Injuries, poor performance and disappointing new additions have all contributed to a team that’s seemingly never able to get out of its own way.

Their $130 million starting rotation has been so poor that their performance has actually hurt the team’s win total.

Combined with the San Diego Padres, the Mets have shown that spending money doesn’t always lead to success.


But all that may finally be changing.

On Wednesday, the Mets fell behind against the MLB best Tampa Bay Rays, only for star first baseman Pete Alonso to launch a walk off three-run homer.

Friday night, they had yet another dramatic, come from behind victory spurred by an Alonso home run.

Trailing 7-3 in the 7th inning against the Cleveland Guardians, Alonso launched a grand slam to tie the score.

And they were just getting started.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing 9-7, the Mets launched yet another rally. This time helped along by their young talent.

Mark Vientos singled in Brett Baty, then Francisco Alvarez brought in Vientos with a two out single. Brandon Nimmo reached on an infield single, before a Francisco Lindor single walked it off.

Mets walkoff win
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 19: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets is congratulated by Brett Baty #22 after Lindor drove in the game winning run in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Citi Field on May 19, 2023. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Mets Using Youth Movement To Get Hot

While the win brought the team’s record to a mediocre 23-23, it was the second impressive come back in just a few games for New York.

And it shows the value of having young prospects to incorporate with elite talent.

Rookies Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty and Mark Vientos all figured prominently in the comeback. As did veterans like Alonso and Lindor.

The Mets have gone from a disappointing cautionary tale to suddenly surging.

Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, and while the Mets have a long ways to go to meet expectations, weeks like this are a great way to start.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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