Yoenis Cespedes named the National League’s Player of the Week for September 7-13
Yoenis Cespedes has single-handedly transformed the Mets and their offense since arriving in a July 31 trade with the Tigers, hitting .308/.353/.680 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 184 plate appearances over 40 games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cespedes is just the second player since 1920 to hit 15 or more home runs with at least 40 RBI in his 40 games with a new team. The other was Hank Sauer in 1949 when he hit 15 homers with 47 RBIs in his first 40 games with the Cubs.
But he had a week for the ages in perhaps the most important set of games for the Mets down the stretch of the season. He had four doubles, four home runs and a league-leading 12 RBI while hitting .345/.367/.897 (his slugging percentage was an NL high) in seven games last week, during which the club went a perfect 7-0 and he posted a 0.7 WAR, third best in baseball over the last seven days.
For his efforts, Cespedes has been named the National League’s Player of the Week for September 7-13.
It’s the second consecutive week in which a Met has won the Player of the Week honor – Bartolo Colon won it the prior week.
This marks the second time in Cespedes’ big league career he has won a Player of the Week Award, the last being the week of July 16, 2012 while with the A’s.