Heading into a crucial series in DC on Friday, April 28th, the New York Mets organization was approaching a major cause for concern. With losing superstar OF Yoenis Cespedes the day before for an unknown period of time, the offensive slump became more of a worry. Moving forward, and despite getting crushed out of Washington, losing 23-5 in the finale, the Mets won the best of three series and haven’t looked back.
Month of May for your @Mets :
— Jaymo Mets 🍎 (@JaymoMets) May 7, 2017
The Struggles with Cespedes
From April 14th to April 27th: 1-10 record, 33 runs scored
Mets record as of April 27th: 8-13
April 27th – Cespedes gets hurt, hasn’t played since.
Since the Injury:
From April 28th to May 6th: 6-2 record, 66 runs scored
Double the runs scored in three less games is a great accomplishment. Usually when the star offensive players go down, quite the opposite occurs. So, who deserves the credit for the recent Mets tear? There are multiple recipients that deserve additional praise.
FYI, the Mets have now scored 5+ runs in 7 straight games.
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 4, 2017
First, TJ Rivera has been a magnificent fit at first base. Initially, Jay Bruce was filing in the void for the injured Lucas Duda; but, once Cespedes got hurt, Bruce needed to go back to outfield, opening up the first base gates for Rivera to make his mark. Having excelled at first base for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Terry Collins decided to resort to this move and could not regret it in the least. Additionally, the most recent injury to Asdrubal Cabrera will ultimately give more time to Rivera when Duda comes back.
Since April 28th: 13/33 .394 avg, 1 HR, 5 RB
Secondly, the resurrection of a man named Jose Reyes has been humongous for the ball club. On the verge of very nearly losing his job, Reyes became the asset we presumed he would be for this team. Although not leading off anymore, Reyes found a home hitting around the six-whole.
Since April 26th: 12/42 .286 avg, 3 HR, 11 RBI
Nevertheless, Michael Conforto has continued his hot-stretch. Since the Cespedes injury, Conforto has continued proving his value, giving TC every reason in the world to keep him in the leadoff spot.
Season stats: .325 avg, 7 HR, 20 RBI
With all of the Mets injuries right now great to see preseason underdogs & good clubhouse guys Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto doing so well.
— Gary Green (@ChasersOwner) May 2, 2017
Finally, you cannot forget about the constant production of Jay Bruce. This man has been the leading force for this offense since opening day. Although one HR hit in Atlanta doesn’t count due to the game eventually being cancelled, Bruce still does lead the Mets in that category.
Season stats: .281 avg, 9 HR, 25 RBI
Basically anytime Jay Bruce does anything now, fans at Citi Field serenade him with a "BRRUUUUCE." How quickly he has become beloved.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 7, 2017
As long as Bruce and Conforto stay hot when Cespedes returns, this has the potential to be the most dangerous outfield in the Major Leagues.