Yoenis Cespedes is having a slow start to the season, although he did manage to pick up his second hit in his third game in Friday's 7-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. Getting to bat five times, Cespedes notched one hit, moving his season totals to two hits in twelve at-bats, good for a .167 average. In his first at-bat, he had a chance to do some damage with David Wright on second and just one out, but he struck out.
Three of his other at-bats resulted in fly outs with no one on base, while he singled to left in his at-bat in the seventh inning with Wright on first, which triggered a four-run rally to blow the game open. A relatively slow start for Cespedes, he is not looking like the man who went on a tear last season when traded to the Mets. He has not homered or driven in a single run yet, and his on base percentage is a lowly .286 while his slugging percentage is a dismal .167. Luckily for him and the Mets, the team has been able to win with other players contributing.
Defensively, Cespedes looked much better than the jittery efforts he showed in Kansas City last weekend, not making any defensive miscues in this one. Perhaps he was having bad flashbacks from last year's World Series games where he misplayed some fly balls in the same stadium, but in this game, Cespedes looked sharp patrolling center. Although Cespedes' sluggish beginning is a bit worrisome, there is no need to panic just yet. After the Mets finish out their series with the Phillies, they then play the Marlins, the Indians, the Phillies once again and the Braves, not exactly teams that scare anyone on paper, so if Cespedes is going to pick up the slack, now will be an opportune time to do so.