After an impressive 101-win regular season, the New York Mets completely collapsed in the MLB postseason. The team's early exit has left a sour taste in the mouths of New York fans, but at least they got some good news to help cheer them up on Thursday.
MLB insider Mark Feinsand reports that a whopping five Mets players have been named as 2022 Silver Slugger finalists: Pete Alonso (1B), Jeff McNeil (2B), Francisco Lindor (SS), Starling Marte (OF) and Brandon Nimmo (OF).
New York Mets Silver Sluggers
Silver Slugger honors are given to the top offensive players at each position in both leagues every year. Managers and coaches from around the majors vote on the award, taking into account things like batting average, on-base percentage, OPS and more.
New York tied the St. Louis Cardinals for the fifth-most runs scored in baseball this year, so it isn't shocking to see five Mets players as finalists. Alonso anchored the middle of the lineup as the team's top power threat, mashing 40 home runs and pacing MLB with 131 RBIs.
Alonso has plenty of help from his teammates, too. McNeil led the majors in batting average (.326) and clubbed 39 doubles while handling multiple positions. Lindor bounced back to enjoy his best season since 2019, hitting .270/.339/.449 with 26 homers and 107 RBIs.
In the outfield, Marte provided a major boost to New York's lineup from the leadoff spot, slashing .292/.347/.468 with 16 home runs in his first season with the Mets. Nimmo was finally able to stay healthy after several injury-shortened campaigns, scoring a career-high 102 runs and leading the NL with 7 triples.
Although the 2022 season ended on a down note for New York, any number of the above players winning a Silver Slugger would give the club some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.
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