In recent weeks, the NL Rookie of the Year race has boiled down to a two-man race between Pete Alonso and Padres' shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
Now, the field may be narrowed down to one.
Padres manager Andy Green told reporters on Friday that 20-year-old star is likely done for season, due to a back issue that has landed him on the IL. Green said that an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his back, causing the Padres to sit their young star.
On the season, Tatis Jr. has hit .317 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, 61 runs, and 16 stolen bases. Tatis had a very strong month of July, batting .314 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 24 games. He cooled off in august, though, hitting just .255 and striking out 16 times in 12 games.
Meanwhile, Alonso lifted his 39th home run of the season on Thursday night in the win over Atlanta, tying the NL rookie home run record sit by Cody Bellinger in 2017. Alonso is also just two home runs away from tying the all-time Mets single season record, held by both Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.
Right now, it looks as if Alonso is in the driver's seat to take home the hardware at the end of the year.