For the first time since August 11, Pete Alonso's name is not in the starting lineup card.
Despite recording a hit in each of his last three games, Alonso is starting Saturday's game in the dugout.
Manager Luis Rojas said it was "tough" to not insert Alonso's name in the lineup.
"He's definitely someone that can change the game with one swing. It is tough," said Rojas.
But Rojas is taking advantage of the depth he is able to work with. Dominic Smith is starting at first base, while Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto will man the outfield from left to right, with J.D. Davis DHing. Todd Frazier is starting at third base.
"We're a lineup that can produce runs that can take quality at bats, it's been to a point that we have guys that are not in the lineup that can also be in the lineup. All of the depth has given us the luxury of giving us a rotation where guys can come in, be the DH, and play in different positions for some versatility," Rojas noted.
But Alonso has been in the starting lineup in some capacity in all but two games this season.
"Pete has played a lot of games, too. It's been a while since he had an off day, at least to start," Rojas said, adding that Alonso is available off the bench if necessary. "We feel strong that Pete is going to do something special every time he steps at the plate. Take advantage of your day off, work on your routine, do your thing, and keep grinding. He's gonna get his chance. We might see him take an at bat later in the game.