When Todd Hundley hit 41 home runs to set the Mets’ single-season record in 1996, it was the only thing worth paying attention to around the team that year. The Mets went 71-91 under the late Dallas Green, and Hundley ended up all but forgotten two years later when Mike Piazza came to town. Carlos Beltran tied Hundley’s mark in a more meaningful 2006 season. But even that proved more frustrating than fruitful as the Mets lost in the National League Championship Series in seven games, with Beltran taking a called third strike with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss. Now that Pete Alonso has joined this exclusive club, the 2019 Mets only can hope it proves to be a better omen than the record proved to be in 1996 and 2006. It didn’t feel that way Saturday at Citi Field. On a night when the Mets should have been celebrating Alonso’s historic home run mark, they were reminded of their flaws: a leaky defense, suspect base running, and an unreliable Edwin Diaz. First the good stuff. see also Mets waste Pete Alonso’s history-tying blast in ugly loss The… Read full this story
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