Pete Alonso May 18, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs up the first base line as he watches his solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Alonso is on a tear. “Polar Pete” has not been frozen at the plate, instead red-hot as he and the New York Mets hope to dig themselves out of a hole they built after the first month of the MLB season.

In the first game, Pete hit a home run. Then in the second game, the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year blasted a walk-off homer. Thursday came around, and then so did Alonso, who went lift-off for the third time in as many days. Alonso and the Mets are hosting the MLB-leading Tampa Bay Rays.

And it was no cheapie either. No, sir, Alonso mashed it 446 feet to dead center field into the blacked-out area of the Citi Field stands.

Alonso now leads MLB with 16 home runs on the season. If he attains 685 plate appearances again, just like he did a season ago, he will be on a 57-home run pace right now. Alonso has blasted those 16 home runs in just 192 plate appearances this season.

The Mets would eventually take a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning against Tampa Bay. They defeated the Rays, and it’s no small thanks to Alonso and his home-run-hitting ways. Alonso also was credited with the assist on the final putout of the game, a groundout to first base. They took two of three from the league’s best, and “Polar” Pete Alonso played a pivotal role.

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