Yoenis Cespedes has been on four different teams over the past two years, but it looks like he’s finally found a home in Flushing, at least, for now.
The New York Mets outfielder -- who put on a show in the 2013 Home Run Derby on his new home turf -- is apparently still treating Citi Field as his own personal band box, hitting .310 with 16 dingers since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Over the past week, he’s not only been one of the most productive players in the National League, but in all of baseball.
Over the past seven days, Cespedes is hitting .345 (10-for-29), with a baseball-best eight extra-base hits (four home runs and four doubles) with a big-league-best 12 RBIs.
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Cesepedes’s 26 total bases are six more than former teammate David Ortiz over the past week, his .897 slugging percentage is third in the Majors and first in the Senior Circuit and his OPS (1.263) is fifth in the big leagues, and second in the National League to Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager.
Cespedes added six runs (T9 in the Majors), and has three multi-hit games over his last seven games, and has at least one base hit in five of those games. In the month of September, Cespedes is hitting a blistering .385, with hits in all but two games, and in all but one game in which he started (he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning of Sunday’s 10-7 win over the Braves). He’s also driven in multiple runs in five of the seven games he’s played in this week, kicking things off with a solo shot and an RBI double in the Mets’ 8-5 win over the NL East rival Washington Nationals.
The Cuban Missile continued his timely hitting on Tuesday, slugging a bases-clearing double in the top of the seventh to bring New York to within one run of the Nationals. Several batters later, Cespedes trotted home on a Lucas Duda walk to tie things up in an eventual 8-7 Mets win.
On Wednesday, Cespedes broke a 2-2 tie with the Nats in the top of the eighth with his 32nd home run of the season, socking a two-run job off of Drew Storen to put the Mets in front for good.
The sweep of the Nats, along with a four-game sweep of the Braves over the weekend, have given the Mets the second-largest division lead in the Majors, with the Braves in the cellar – 26.5 games back – and the Nationals now comfortably 9.5 games back, in second.
Scout Hot Sheet Sept. 7-13: Yoenis Cespedes
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