The Mets suffered a 16-4 loss Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, compounding an ongoing offensive struggle for New York. Before the Mets (7-6) face the Cubs (8-9) Thursday, a 7:40 p.m. game on SNY, 1B Pete Alonso was honest but kept an optimistic outlook.
"Well, I think it was awesome that we actually got to take BP for the first time in like a week -- so that's a positive start," Alonso said with a laugh. "I think, with the weather and COVID, it's really just been a strange start to the season. And I feel like the fact that where we're at right now as an offense -- like, we've been able to score some runs, win some games ... collectively, as a group, we're not even at our full potential. And the fact that we're at where we're at with how we've been performing, offensively, I think that's such an incredible sign.
"And I think that, as the season goes on, as the weather starts to warm up and get more normal -- I mean, the cold is whatever. It's the snow, the rain and stops or game cancelation or postponements. That's been kind of tough. I feel like once we get into a rhythm, it's going to be awesome. And once we're able to play collectively and be able to get back to our normal schedule, I think that's when we're really going to click and really find ourselves and find our true identity because I think we've done a lot of really good things.
"We've had some big hits. We've been able to win ballgames. But I think the sky's the limit for this club, offensively. And once all of us kind of get rolling and hitting our stride, I think it's going to be very, very dangerous -- I don't think, I know. I know we're going to be dangerous. It's just a matter of getting to that point. I feel like we're really close, especially with getting consistent games in, weather permitting."
Sporting a slash line of .229/.296/.458 with three home runs and nine RBI, Alonso is among the Mets trying to establish more consistency. After a 1-for-4 night with one long ball -- a two-run blast -- and one walk in the Wednesday game, Alonso hopes to build off the positives.
"Home runs are great and, for me, I think walking and hitting line drives the other way -- I feel like having productive at-bats, not swinging at pitches out of the zone, being able to lock it in ... that's when I know I'm going right," Alonso said. "Like yesterday, I thought I swung at a lot of really good pitches. First at-bat, hit a line drive -- really hard line drive -- to Kris Bryant. But, I mean, he was positioned well. He caught it. But that's when I knew I was feeling good yesterday. Got a walk my second AB.
"Even though my last two ABs I didn't get the result I wanted, but I still feel like I swung at what I wanted to swing at. And I feel like, for me, if I'm continuously swinging at quality pitches, only good results are going to continue after that. So I'm excited with where I'm at and it's great to be able to play another day, especially after all the stops and starts. So I feel like once we get into that rhythm of the actual flow of the season, I feel like -- not just for the team, but for me, personally -- it's just going to be nothing but beneficial."