There was little chance Pete Alonso was going to hit 53 home runs even if this wasn’t a 60-game pandemic season.
And it isn’t as if Alonso is the only Met off to a slow start, in a sprint of a season that has cautioned one and all against slow starts.
And even as the Mets witness firsthand how baseball can give us, at least for a short time, improbable boys of summer like the Marlins, who tested positive and stayed positive, there was no one pushing the panic button, even though it will be getting late early sooner rather than later.
But why wasn’t the Home Run Derby champion hitting home runs?
Where has our beloved Polar Bear Pete gone?
Alonso was this orange-and-blue meteor who lit up the New York sports sky, talk of the town — 53 home runs in 597 at bats, or one every 11.26, and 120 RBIs, and a .941 OPS, and a .260 batting average.
He entered the second game of the Marlins series Saturday night with one home run in 54 at bats, and four RBIs, and a .626 OPS, and a .204 batting average.
For Pete’s sake, why?
Any theory has to begin with the fact that though Alonso keeps a handy notebook on his at-bats, pitchers are now armed with a…