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Mets Season in Review: Yoenis Cespedes

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25: Yoenis Cespedes
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25: Yoenis Cespedes

Productive at the Dish

Though Cespedes only appeared in 81 games, he was productive at the dish slashing .292/.352/.520 while hitting 17 homers in 321 plate appearances. That slash line is very similar to the one he had in his great 2016 campaign when he put together a line of .292/.352/.540 albeit in over 200 more plate appearances. The Mets are going to need more from Cespedes if they want to bounce back in 2018 especially in the power department.

Health was a major problem

Health was a huge issue for Cespedes this past season, specifically with his legs. The outfielders season was decimated by large amounts of time spent on two trips to the disabled list due to hamstring strains, one in April which lasted six weeks and one which ended his season in late August. Much was also made about his disdain for drinking water as well as his offseason training with Mike Barwis. While neither was the sole reason for the recurring leg problems he experienced, these leg issues cost him exactly half of the team’s games and are something the organization and himself need to figure out how to handle moving forward. To Cespedes credit, he has stated that he plans on totally redoing his workout program in hopes of keeping his legs healthy. I think many will agree he might be better off not squatting 900 pounds.

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