In many respects, July 31st can be considered the turning point of the season for the New York Mets. Among other pickups Yoenis Cespedes arrived in New York, and unbeknownst Mets fan didn't know it at the time, but Cespedes would become a vital part of the Mets' late-season playoff push.
In just 41 games with the Mets, Cespedes has emerged as one of, if not the best player on the team since his arrival.
In the past 41 games, Cespedes is hitting .309/.356/.691 with 17 home runs. In 102 games with the Tigers, he was able to muster out 18 round trippers. When put into the grand scheme of things, Cespedes' 17 homers puts him at third on the team for home runs behind Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda, who have both played 120 games with the team.
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He has been the man behind the offense for the Mets since he got to the team. While the Mets have been playing excellent baseball as a team, there is no doubt that Cespedes has stood out amongst his teammates.
Saying that Cespedes stood out may not sound like much, but on a team where everyone is hitting home runs, from the rookies like Michael Conforto and even starting pitchers helping their cause, standing out wouldn’t be considered an easy feat. Cespedes has managed to do it. Even in a Mets loss, there is bound to be a Cespedes highlight in there somewhere.
When other years are considered, Cespedes seems to be the best acquisition in the recent years, by any team. Whether it be Carlos Beltran to the Giants in 2011 or Hunter Pence to the Phillies, Cespedes has them all beat. Cespedes has been smashing everything in sight since he got to New York.
He has been instrumental to their success in the recent past and will be just as important going forward.
All things considered, Cespedes hasn't been carrying the Mets like some other teams have been carried, but his role is one that cannot be underestimated. He has become one of the best players for the Mets this season, despite his limited time with the team.