If you had any doubt why the Mets missed Yoenis Cespedes‘ presence in the lineup, Saturday afternoon’s game took care of that.
In his first game since injuring his left hamstring on April 27, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes came through in the clutch when the game was still tight.
Cespedes told reporters before the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader schedule that he wasn’t running 100 percent which naturally worried most of us. He was put in the lineup any way, and boy, did he deliver. With the Mets up 2-1, Cespedes put the game out of reach with his grand slam. Turns out when you hit the ball out of the ballpark you can take your time jogging around the bases as gingerly as you’d like. The Amazin’s would eventually win it, 6-1.
Cespedes went 2-5 overall in Saturday’s game with a single and the already mentioned grand slam.
Manager Terry Collins said the decision to bring back Cespedes even though he wasn’t 100 percent was based on the fact that these games are incredibly important for the Mets. Collins cited the fact that a lot of players aren’t 100 percent and are still playing, so if Yo thinks he’s able to go, he would be on the field.
Collins noted that Cespedes would not in the starting lineup for the second game on Saturday, and may not play on Sunday either to give his body extra rest.
After the game, Cespedes spoke to reporters about his comfortability and the fact that since he only played one game in Florida (on Thursday), it took him a couple of at bats on Saturday to really feel more relaxed at the plate. He also noted that while he doesn’t feel fully healthy, that doesn’t mean he’s worried about risking injury. If that were the case, Cespedes pointed out through an interpreter, he would not be playing at all.
Cespedes’ presence in the lineup is absolutely huge. Here’s hoping he continues to improve and is able to play in more games going forward without any setbacks.