Cespedes is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports. After punching their ticket to the playoffs with Saturday's win, the Mets will rest a few regulars in the season finale, as Cespedes hits the bench for the first time since Sept. 5. Cespedes didn't have a major role in the playoff-clinching win, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout, but he turned in a tremendous first full season with the Mets. Unless he gets a pinch-hitting opportunity Sunday, he'll finish the campaign with a .280/.354/.530 batting line to go with 31 homers, 86 RBI and 72 runs.
Cespedes left Sunday's game in the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Cespedes dealt with quadriceps discomfort earlier in the week, but the team has yet to disclose whether or not this was the reason for Sunday's early exit. The outfielder was 1-for-2 with a double before getting replaced by Brandon Nimmo.
Cespedes went 1-for-5 with a solo homer and another run scored Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Atlanta in 10 innings. Cespedes is slashing .293/.362/.564 on the season with 29 homers and 73 RBIs and has been a critical part of the Mets' revived offense and wild card ambitions since returning from the disabled list in mid-August. While his 2016 numbers are a far cry from the monster season he put up last year, his production is at a level at a level where the Mets are happy they re-signed him and fantasy owners are glad they acquired him.
Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a walk and a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday. The 412-foot blast to center field came in the seventh inning with the Mets trailing 3-2, and eventually proved to be the game winner. Cespedes leads the Mets in batting average (.293), home runs (28), and RBI (70), and has been even better of late, going .321/.397/.679 over his last 15 games.
Cespedes is in the lineup for Friday's matchup against the Nationals. Cespedes sat out Thursday, but is back in action Friday. He'll start in left field and hit third for New York's series opener versus Washington. Over the last seven games, Cespedes has gone 8-for-20 with two home runs and four RBI.
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