SAN DIEGO — Give Pete Alonso credit. The kid still cares.
How many Mets fans can say the same?
Completely understandable of that latter group, to be clear. If you watched the Mets get dominated by Padres rookie Chris Paddack on Monday night to the tune of a 4-0 loss at Petco Park, their fourth loss in four tries on this road trip that gives the Mets an overall 16-19 record, you’d have to be more blindly optimistic than Chris Elliott at the bachelor auction in “Groundhog Day” to think Mickey Callaway’s group will be just fine.
How much longer will these Mets even be Callaway’s group? Let’s tackle that a little further down in the column.
First there’s Alonso, who struck out twice and grounded out against Paddack, who in turn hilariously talked trash before this game about facing Alonso after the Mets’ first baseman beat him out for National League Rookie of the Month honors in March/April. “We’ll see Monday who the top dog is,” said Paddack, clearly not aware this title gets voted on by media members who generally skim the statistics with the same eye for detail as a drunk trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle.