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The advice remote Mets coach gave to struggling Pete Alonso

Convincing the Mets’ premier slugger to stop focusing on home runs is Chili Davis’ great challenge.

Over the last few days, the Mets hitting coach would like to believe Pete Alonso got the message.

“I think Pete was pressing a little bit, but I think the last couple of games Pete played, that was more Pete,” Davis told The Post in a phone conversation. “He’s coming back. I think he will be fine. I liked his last couple of games. We have got to get the homers out of his head. He’s just got to hit.”

Alonso entered Saturday with only one homer — after blasting a MLB rookie record 53 last season — but more disconcerting was that he is hitting .204/.348/.278 as play began Saturday.

Friday he just missed a homer against the Marlins, taking a double, and finished with a 2-for-4 performance, maybe a sign he is about to break out. Davis warned Alonso before the season he would get pitched differently this year, and has seen it come to fruition.

“Pitchers are going to tease you when you’re that dangerous,” Davis said. “They are going to tease you to see if they can get you to leave your zone. The only way the league can ever figure you out is they are going to have to go outside your zone. They are never going to figure out a hitter pitching in his zone, and if you don’t leave your zone, then they are going to come at you. I just want to keep him aggressive with a statement there, keep him not passive.”

The 60-year-old Davis, who is working remotely, at home in Arizona — a preexisting health condition classifies him as high risk if he were to contract coronavirus — has seen plenty of positives from the lineup, despite the fact it has struggled to score runs. At the root of those troubles was the MLB high 8.79 runners left on base the Mets were averaging as they began play.

“You have to look at the positives, and I talked to the guys about that,” Davis said. “They are constantly creating scoring opportunities and that’s not the easy part, that is the hard part to create them, and they are starting to capitalize on them.”

The abbreviated schedule, Davis said, doesn’t help the psyche of a team struggling to score runs.

“I think this whole 60-game season is challenging,” Davis said. “Sometimes I think it kind of forces a sense of urgency on these young players. In a normal 162-game schedule if a guy starts off slow he’s not really worried about it. He figures he’s got the season to build on, but in a 60-game season you start off slow for eight, 10 games, you find yourself pressing for no reason at all. You have just got to play the season, play it out.”

Davis mentioned the at-bats he’s seen from rookie Andres Gimenez and the manner in which Robinson Cano was swinging before he went on the injured list as two of the early positives.

Much of Davis’ interaction with players is through Zoom chats, which he says has been an adjustment.

“I think it’s different not having that personal interaction like we would at the ballpark,” Davis said. “But a lot of things are different. Even if you are there, you are limited to how much work you can put in, with all the social distancing. Everything is different.

“Everything changes in life, but that is drastic. I am used to talking to guys, going in the locker room and sitting next to them and discussing things and hearing their thoughts.”


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