Where Yoenis Cespedes’ bat goes, the rest of the Mets offense seems to follow…
As Yoenis Cespedes goes, so does the Mets offense.
Or so it would seem.
During the club’s three-game series against the Marlins, Cespedes went 1-for-11 with a home run and five strikeouts.
That home run came on Monday when the Mets came from behind to beat the Marlins 4-3, their only win in the series.
In the final two games against Miami, Cespedes went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts, reaching base only once when he was hit by a pitch by Tom Koehler in his first plate appearance in game two of the series.
In those two games, the Mets scored a total of three runs and lost both of them.
Similarly, on their last homestand, the Mets went 3-3 against the Red Sox and Phillies, losing two of three to Boston and winning two of three against Philadelphia.
During that homestand, Cespedes fell into an 0-for-16 funk, going hitless in the series against Boston during which the club scored ten runs. He went 0-for-4 in the first game of the series against Philadelphia – the Mets scored only three runs in that game as well.
His bat perked up substantially in game two of the series when he went 2-for-4 with a home run – he scored two of the eight runs the Mets scored that night. He also homered the following night in a 3-for-5 game – the Met scored nine runs in that game.
Mysteriously, Cespedes has also struggled at Citi Field since the trade, and these slumps have all transpired at home.
In 18 games at home, he’s hit just .217/.289/.493 with five home runs, seven RBI and 20 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances.
He’s been remarkable in 25 game son the road, however, hitting .342/.380/.763 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI with 23 strikeouts in 121 plate appearances.
Cespedes’ slumps have certainly been rare since he was acquired from the Tigers on July 31. He’s hit a remarkable .295/.345/.661 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI since being acquired. But his ebbs and flows seem to correlate with the team’s ebbs and flows from an offensive perspective.
Of course, he can’t be a legend everyday, although he’s come close to doing just that.
These are also very small samples, and in the case of this series against the Marlins, Terry Collins rested a lot of his players during the three games.
What’s more, Cespedes is too good for this skid to last too much longer.
The slump certainly speaks to his overall value to the club during their second half playoff run, as the offense seems to drag when his bat goes cold, and the offense is almost out of control when he’s in a groove.
And that certainly can’t be understated.