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Get Excited For Yoenis Cespedes In 2020

On July 20, 2018, Yoenis Cespedes had not faced Major League pitching in over two months. In fact, he had all of 12 plate appearances, all of which were below the Triple-A level.

More than that, Cespedes needed double heel surgery. Despite all that was wrong and how rusty he was, the Mets activated him for the sole purpose of being a DH in an Interleague Game against the New York Yankees. Watching him that day, you’d have no idea how badly injured he was, or that he had not played in nearly two months.

In that game, Cespedes was 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk, a homer, and an RBI. This should serve as a reminder of what Cespedes can do when he steps foot on the baseball field . . . . even when he’s not healthy.

We know he missed all of 2019 after double heel surgery and a broken ankle stemming from a wild boar attack. We know about that drama and the rust. There’s the ramp up to Spring Training and the COVID19 necessitated shut down of baseball. These are all factors why anyone could struggle.

However, this is Cespedes. We’ve seen him hit when no one else couldn’t physically stepped foot on the field. He’s a special player who can be a difference maker. No one can tell you whether he’s going to be in good enough shape, whether there’s too much rust, or just how much this shutdown has impacted him.

What we can say is we’ve seen Cespedes do this before, and he’s just about as exciting a player as there is in baseball. With reports he’s ready to play, it’s time to get excited to see Cespedes play baseball again.

8 thoughts on “Get Excited For Yoenis Cespedes In 2020”

  1. David Klein says:

    Having Davis and Ces in the same lineup would be huge.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Mets don’t need to Two DHs in the lineup.

  2. oldbackstop says:

    Yo-C might be a bat off the bench in this new sandlot extra inning format, but he can’t be expected to leg out a double.

    JD and even Dom are better lineup DHs, plus Cano.
    But the best DH on the team would be Alonso, with JD at first. With his athletic ability, JD will step right into a near Gold Glove level at first.

    McNeil 3b
    Nimmo LF
    Conforto RF
    Alonso DH
    JD 1B
    Cano 2B
    Ramos C
    Rosario SS
    Marisnick CF

    Bench: Yo-C, Dom, Lowrie

    JD is under team control for years, and the NL is stuck with the DH. Alonso should be set out DH and left alone. JD should be set at first. McNeil should be third until Cano drops off and he can move there. That is the middle of our lineup for years to come. JD will be the better defensive 1B, only a moron could disagree.

    Those are the three guys this team needs to be built around. Cano will be DLed regularly…Yo-C, Lowrie, Ramos, Marisnick, will be FAs. Nimmo is a replacement level guy at best if his 2019 return to sanity on HBPs and walks holds, never mind the back injury.. Conforto won’t get paid by Wilpon, Boras will have him on the block.

    Built the team around JD, McNeil and Alonso. Might as well start now..
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    1. metsdaddy says:

      I can’t think of any situation where Davis should be in the lineup everyday.

      1. David Klein says:

        Yeah who would want a guy with a 130’s wRC+ in the lineup everyday?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You can. With Dom, who actually knows how to use a glove

          1. David Klein says:

            Lol Dom can’t play LF and his Statcast numbers pale in comparison to Davis’ Statcast numbers:

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Davis can’t play anywhere in the field, and his numbers were BABIP and juiced ball driven.

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