After shuffling around the defensive alignments and shifting J.D Davis from 3B to LF, the Mets primarily used Yasiel Puig to replace Cespedes in the outfield.
Additionally, Mets’ top prospect Andres Gimenez was called up to the show from Triple-A to replace Cespedes on the big league roster. He made his debut for the team on August 1 batting 7th and hit his first home run on August 9th, but only batted .210 for the month.
Robinson Cano helped to pick up the slack, raising his average from .267 to .280 as the Mets worked to make up some ground in the playoff race down the stretch.
They dealt another blow when Noah Syndergaard was ruled out for 1-2 months with a broken wrist and was replaced by Michael Wacha, who was moved into the rotation from out of the bullpen.
Despite these injuries and setbacks, they had a strong start to the month, winning interdivisional series vs the Nationals, Phillies and Braves, but were swept by both the Angels and Athletics later in the month, and lost a 4 game series 1-3 against the Dodgers.
Overall, the Mets went 14-14 on the month, with their record sitting at 77-60 at the end of August, sitting second in the division, 6 games behind the Washington Nationals.