Terry Collins will move Yoenis Cespedes’ in the lineup, but is unconcerned with his slump
On Tuesday night against the Marlins, Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch in the first inning by Tom Koehler.
Since then, he’s 0-for-his-last-17 at the plate with six strikeouts and no walks.
But the Mets remain unconcerned with Cespedes’ slide at the plate.
“He went through this one other time when he went into a funk. And he came out of it, and he was red hot,” manager Terry Collins said after the Mets lost to the Yankees 5-0.
Collins does not believe Cespedes has been fazed by the hit by pitch, either.
“I don’t think he’s afraid by any stretch of the imagination,” the manager said. “We will just keep running him out there.”
Collins said he will make some lineup changes on Sunday in an effort to get Cespedes’ bat going again.
“Right now, he’s just not hitting the ball the way he did during that long stretch,” Collins explained. “We are going to take him out of the two-hole tomorrow and put him some place else, and see if we can get some guys on ahead of him. Maybe that will help.”
David Wright is also confident Cespedes will soon break out of his slump, and said it couldn’t be expected that his torrid pace could continue.
“Unless you want him to hit .500 with 100 home runs for the year, which is what he was on pace for a few weeks or a month,” Wright joked at his locker Saturday evening. “You’re inevitably going to slow down a little bit. He’s the kind of guy who. Ames adjustments quickly, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he got hot again real soon.”
Cespedes’ struggles have primarily taken place at home. He also fell into an 0-for-16 skid on the last homestand before breaking out against the Phillies.
Including this 0-for-17 skid, Cespedes has hit just .195 with five home runs and seven RBI with 22 strikeouts in 84 plate appearances over 20 games at Citi Field this season.
Cespedes declined to comment after the game.