The legendary performance of Yoenis Cespedes grows more unbelievable by the day…
It’s pretty simple. Right now, Yoenis Cespedes is the best player in baseball.
It’s not even close, either.
He’s on another level, a level the Mets have so rarely seen any one of their players reach in their 53 year history.
It can be argued Mike Piazza was equally as impactful as the Mets in the late 1990s, but not even Piazza generated this kind of offense immediately upon donning a Mets uniform when he was acquired from the Marlins in May, 1998.
Cespedes doubled and homered while driving in three more runs in the Mets 5-1 win over the Braves on Friday night in Atlanta. It’s an extension of perhaps the most remarkable ten-day period for any single player in Mets history considering the circumstances of a pennant race and the meaning of his production in that context.
In those ten games, Cespedes has posted a 1.481 OPS with four doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored in those ten games.
“The only thing I can tell you,” manager Terry Collins explained on Friday night, “it’s like Matt Harvey told me on the bench tonight, ‘I don’t know if there’s another league higher than he can play, but he’s got to be moved up.’ I think [Cespedes] is enjoying this as much as anyone else is.”
What’s not to enjoy? He’s single-handedly carrying the offense at times, putting on a hitting display like none other in the league right now. He has transformed this club’s offense – they were scoring 3.4 runs per game prior to August 1, and they’re scoring 6.1 runs per game in 38 contests since, during which the Mets are an astonishing 25-11 and have gained 10 1/2 games since he was acquired.
He now has 39 RBI since joining the Mets on August 1, which are the most in that span. Cespedes now has 100 RBI on the year.
His now proven ability to not only carry and offense but transform an offense couldn’t come at a better time for Cespedes either, as he’s under two months away from the free agent process.
“We’re seeing everything we ever read or heard about the guy,” Collins said.
Well, that can’t be true, because not even Cespedes – who was already a star but has now ascending to celebrity status with this epic performance – has ever had a stretch like this.
If the MVP award is defined by the words alone, Cespedes should easily be at the top of the list for eligible voters this winter. After all, he has transformed the Mets from merely a wishful contender to a team with realistic championship aspirations. His performance has changed everything about the Mets, all for the better.
But alas, he has only played in 38 games in the National League, and while he leads many major offensive categories in the National League for the second half, it may simply be nothing more than a fun conversation for his audience to have.
That doesn’t mean he hasn’t had an MVP-caliber performance. And for the Mets, his performance will be long remembered at an MVP level, whether he departs New York for greater luxuries or not this winter.