When the Mets' lineup against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers came out on Friday afternoon, Pete Alonso's name was not on it. Before the game, Mickey Callaway explained why.
"He's totally fine," Callaway said. "We just all felt like he needed an off day. After talking to everybody -- just seeing Pete for the last few days, I think an off day is warranted for him. I think he's played in more games than any rookies, more games than most players. It's been a lot of games in a row for him. So off for some of the game at least."
Callaway said that the Alonso fouling a ball off his leg during Thursday's game did not impact their decision to sit him.
As far as what Callaway and the Mets staff saw that led to not starting Alonso, he said part of it was Alonso's pitch selection over the last few games.