Monday brings us partial eight-game slate of big league action as 14 teams enjoy an off-day. There are games with postseason implications in Houston, Philly, San Diego, L.A. and Queens. Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s MLB action.

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Alonso retakes MLB home run lead

In addition to the various postseason and awards races, there will be a race for the MLB home run crown these final few weeks of the season. Here is the home run leaderboard as of Monday morning:

  1. Pete Alonso: 45
  2. Mike Trout: 45
  3. Cody Bellinger: 44
  4. Eugenio Suarez: 44
  5. Christian Yelich: 44

Alonso reclaimed the home run lead in the first inning of Monday night’s series opener against the D-Backs. He took Merrill Kelly deep for home run No. 46 on the season. Four innings later, he added his 47th home run to further increase his lead.

Alonso set the franchise’s single-season home run record a few weeks ago. He needs five home runs in New York’s final 19 games to tie Aaron Judge’s rookie home run record. Alonso has seven homers in his last 19 games, in case you’re wondering.

Also, it should be noted Monday’s home runs extended Alonso’s on-base streak to 34 games. That is the longest active streak in baseball and the longest such streak in Mets history. A historic rookie season, through and through.

Astros end Fiers’ winning streak

Gosh, the Astros are on some kind of roll right now. Houston put up 21 runs against the Mariners on Sunday, then, on Monday, it took them all of two innings to open up a 9-0 lead against the Athletics. MVP candidate Alex Bregman hit a three-run home run.

A’s starter Mike Fiers was charged with nine earned runs in one inning Monday. Ouch! Despite that, Fiers has been so very good this season that he still has a 3.97 ERA overall. (He went into the game with a 3.51 ERA.) Not many pitchers can give up a nine-spot in one inning and escape with a sub-4.00 ERA. 

Fiers went into Monday’s game having won his last 12 decisions, one short of Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter’s franchise record. Also, Fiers had been unbeaten in his last 21 starts, tying the franchise record held by another Hall of Famer, Lefty Grove. The Astros put a swift end to both streaks Monday.

As for Houston, they set a new franchise record for runs scored in consecutive games Sunday and Monday with 32. The Astros are hitting .285/.367/.518 as a team since the All-Star break. It’s like having nine Ronald Acuna Jr.’s in the lineup (.290/.362/.511).

Big Papi throws out first pitch in Boston

Red Sox legend David Ortiz visited Fenway Park on Monday night for the first time since being shot in his native Dominican Republic back in June. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox and Yankees wrapped up their four-game series.

Ortiz was shot through the abdomen on June 9 in what police in the Dominican Republic have called a case of mistaken identity. He was released from the hospital in late July and recently began posting pictures of himself on social media. Ortiz has hired former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis to lead an investigation into the shooting.

Highlight of the Night: Alvarez homers into third deck

The Astros had a deep and powerful lineup coming into the season. Once they called up Yordan Alvarez in June, they became almost unstoppable. Alvarez cranked two home runs Monday, including this titanic blast into the Minute Maid Park third deck:

According to Astros historian Mike Acosta, Alvarez is only the second player to hit a home run into the right field upper deck at Minute Maid Park. Jeromy Burnitz, then with the Brewers, did it back in September 2000. That was the ballpark’s inaugural season and back when the Astros called the National League home.

Alvarez went into Monday’s game hitting .314/.409/.655 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI in 70 games. He is the favorite to be named AL Rookie of the Year and, frankly, he should win it unanimously.

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