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Mets: Asdrubal Cabrera wins NL Player of the Week but is now dealing with injury

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Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) gives New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) a hug after he hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) gives New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) a hug after he hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /
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Asdrubal Cabrera and his blonde hair have been red hot for the Mets since his return from the DL on August 19th.

Coming back with a new hair color  he has gone 15-33 for a .455 avg since returning, which has helped wake the Mets offense from its doldrums.

He helped lead the Mets to a 4-2 record during the last week (4-1 in games he made it out of the first inning).  During the week, he hit .545 with three HR, 8 RBI, five runs scored and a 1.136 slugging percentage.

That was more than enough to earn him National League Player of the Week honors.  He was the third Met and first position player to win the award this year, with the others being Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard.

Cabrera’s return and subsequent hot streak was a much needed boost to a badly struggling offense, and the Mets started to get on a streak, winning seven of their last nine games. This has given some life their playoff hopes.

Of course the way this season has gone that means he had to leave the game Sunday, as he injured the same left knee that originally put him on the DL.

A good sign was that he pinch hit in Monday night’s game against the Marlins, but he said after the game that he would’ve had be removed for a pinch runner had he reached base.

When the Mets signed Cabrera, it was said that he was not a great defensive shortstop. It hasn’t only been Cabrera’s hitting but his defense has helped the Mets win games this year.

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The Mets got a big win against the Marlins on Monday, and hopefully Cabrera returns soon with the same hot bat to help keep the Mets’ momentum going.

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