Yoenis Cespedes came into last night’s game in the midst of a major slump, as he has been battling the flu for the last week.
Despite his illness, he continued to insist on playing, but the results were not there as he only registered four hits in his previous 34 at-bats coming into last night’s game. He also had 19 strikeouts in that span.
However, Cespedes returned to Citi Field on Friday night in a big way as he went 2-4 with an RBI. This raised his average to .204 on the season.
The defensive side of the ball is where he made his biggest impact, though.
In the second inning, Jesus Aguilar hit a ball to deep left-center field that Cespedes leaped for and caught before running into the wall.
That wasn’t the only play he made as he helped Seth Lugo escape a jam in the seventh inning.
With the Mets up 6-4 at the time, Domingo Santana hit a single to left field on a hit-and-run in which Lorenzo Cain tried to advance to third. Cespedes threw a line drive to Frazier, which ended the inning.
This has become the norm for Cespedes as he has an MLB leading 65 outfield assists since the start of the 2012 season.
Later in the game, Jesus Aguilar hit a single that he thought about trying to stretch into a double, but did not, likely because Cespedes corraled it and was ready to fire.
So, on both ends of the ball last night, Cespedes was crucial and showed some signs of feeling better.
The Mets could certainly use his presence on offense and defense as the team simply plays better when he is healthy and producing.
Despite his slump this season, Cespedes has been a clutch performer for the team, driving in two-game winning runs and 11 runs total.