Yoenis Cespedes’ grace, style and dynamic presence has transformed the Mets
Friday night was most definitely a disappointing night for the New York Mets.
It was a night when it looked like the discussion would be about heroics and character. Instead, the discussion was about ill-fated bullpen decisions, poor execution by that bullpen, and the Washington Nationals gaining a stride in the race towards the finish line in 2015.
But indeed, lost in the commotion of the loss were the heroics of Yoenis Cespedes, who once again served as the dynamic force capable of single-handedly carrying an offense on a daily basis.
His night didn’t get started until the sixth inning when he led off the frame with a well struck triple in the right-center field gap at Marlins Park. It was an easy triple for Cespedes, who is both graceful and efficient in his strides around the bases or in the outfield whenever he starts out of the gate.
He would score on an RBI groundout from Michael Conforto just a few moments later, drawing the Mets closer at 3-1.
Then in the seventh inning with the score 3-2, Cespedes hit a laser beam to almost the identical spot he hit his triple just one inning earlier, only this one sailed over the wall to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
It was his third home run in as many games. He also has two triples in his last three games, all of which coming after an 0-for-16 skid during the last home stand.
“He had a bit of a blip, but he’s too good of a hitter to stay in a slump very long,” manager Terry Collins said after the club fell 6-5 to the Marlins on Friday night.
He’s now 7-for-his-last-15 with three multiple-hit games in a row and five extra-base hits.
Cespedes has probably been even better than the club envisioned he would be when they took a leap of faith and acquired to pending free agent. He’s hit 11 home runs with 28 RBI in 145 plate appearances since joining the Mets, stealing four bases and posting a .974 OPS in 31 games during that span.
If there’s one kink in Cespedes’ shining armor is he is a free swinger and doesn’t work deep counts. His approach completely defies the club’s hitting philosophy, and certainly in some instances the approach has hurt the team at times.
Nobody can be a perfect Met.
But Cespedes is graceful, stylish, and the dynamic force the Mets have coveted for years. He comes with a certain flair and star power any team would want in the middle of their lineup everyday, and he has transformed the Mets offense all by himself.
From that standpoint, Cespedes comes as close to being a perfect Met as the front office will ever find on the open market this winter.