Cespedes, Bruce Beginning to Heat Up

The offense for the New York Mets is slumping a little right now having scored only 10 runs in 31 innings during the series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. That followed scoring 12 runs in a series loss to the Atlanta Braves to end last week.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce have had a rough start to the reason with a .652 OPS and .719 OPS respectively. The good news is that both of those guys have started swinging the bat better over the last few days leaving you hopeful of things to come in short-term and long-term given their track records.

Cespedes has certainly driven in runs this season, but overall his offense has been subpar with a .211/.262/.389 slash line while leading the league in strikeouts with 41. Bizarrely, he’s gone 1-for-20 with 11 strikeouts against left-handed pitching to begin the 2018 season.

Now for some of the good news on Cespedes from Thursday’s Mets loss to the Cardinals. He had two hits in the game to go along with two RBI (23 places him second in NL), one of which came on a sac fly. He also had a lineout on a ball that was smoked to third base.

Maybe the most important thing to note from Cespedes on Thursday was that he didn’t strike out for only the third start this season and the first time since April 11. He also went 1-for-3 on Wednesday and of course had that massive three-run homer in the Mets win on Tuesday.

Bruce is hitting only .238/.307/.413 to begin the season after a 2017 year in which he had a .832 OPS and set a career-high with 36 home runs combined between the Mets and the Indians.

The veteran Bruce has a modest five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-5 with a run scored on Thursday. He had a hit on Wednesday and drove in the Mets only run of the game. That was on the heels of arguably his best game of the season on Tuesday when he had three hits including the game-winning homer and his first triple as a Met.

If the Mets offense is going to get out of the minor funk they’re currently in it could certainly start with the powerful bats of Cespedes and Bruce.

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