Slugger Yoenis Cespedes is only one bat on the 25-man roster for the New York Mets and a quadriceps injury is still bothering him. Therefore, it is unfair to expect the Mets star to carry the team the postseason, but he is doing all he can to accomplish that.
Since coming off the disabled listed close to two weeks ago, his bat has been on fire. In a win on Monday over Miami, an important National League wildcard rival, Cespedes hit a walk off homer in the tenth.
On Tuesday, he was hitless in five at bats, but Curtis Granderson picked up the slack with two home runs to help the Mets defeat the Marlins again 7-4.
The win on Tuesday was the Mets 8th in the past 10 games. Their record of 68-64 is one game ahead of Miami and just 2 ½ games behind in the race for the second wildcard spot in the NL.
The Mets still have not ensured themselves of a playoff berth but for a team that was under .500 on August 20, things are taking a turn for the better.
Terry Collins the manager of the Mets said that Cespedes was a player fans pay to watch adding he was a special.
Cespedes is being paid over $27 million to do these sorts of things and he has delivered. The slugger has an OPS of .949 and has hit 27 homers.
The left fielder is trying to do what he did last season when he almost single-handedly took the Mets to the brink of a World Series championship before losing to Kansas City.
The big worry for the Mets is if the injury bug hits Cespedes again, their season could go down with him. He represents so much power and run production that without him, the team lacks most of its offense.
The team has already lost Lucas Duda and David Wright for the season and nagging injuries have hurt the production of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Even Cespedes is not 100% as the quad is tender as he sat out Sunday and was hitless on Tuesday.
However, the Mets cannot afford to have him sit too often as evidenced by their loss Sunday with him on the bench. The double-edge sword is a difficult one as he may be injured by playing too often.
Mets fans just hope the team can continue to ride on their slugger’s shoulders and play during October.