New York Mets star Jeff McNeil doesn't care if you're an All-Star. If you leave a meatball right down the middle of the plate, he's knocking it out of the ballpark. The Mets took an early 1-0 lead over the Miami Marlins on Sunday when McNeil launched his eighth home run of the season against All-Star pitcher Sandy Alcantara. Immediately.
This is already a much better start to the game than the Mets could muster the last time they faced Alcantara, when he threw a complete game shutout and it seemed like an absolute certainty that Mickey Callaway was going to be fired after the game.
In a season without much for Mets fans to cheer about, McNeil, still in the lead for the NL batting title, has given them hope. Now if only they could get a half-decent bullpen. Hopefully, nobody ever gets a handle on McNeil's tendency to ambush the first pitch, because this is simply too much fun to watch.