The Mets had lost four of the first five games on their west coast trip, they were 1-5 against a team that was 20-plus games under .500 and just looked like a dead baseball team.
However, before the start of Saturday’s game, something at least for the time being changed for this underachieving Mets group.
Their swagger, demeanor and lineup presence at least for Saturday and Sunday’s games in San Francisco changed just by welcoming back the most dynamic hitter that their team has to offer.
Yoenis Cespedes put the Superman cape on, hit three home runs in two days and essentially carried the Mets to two much-needed wins against the Giants, pushing them back to the .500 mark and setting the stage for a make-or-break series this week against the St. Louis Cardinals.
There’s no denying the fact that this Mets season has been a bitter disappointment thus far for a variety of reasons.
However, despite all the injuries and under performance the team still has a pulse, being only 4.5 games out of a playoff spot with a little over a month to play.
This team has no chance to make the playoffs unless they are going to receive the same sort of shot in the arm Cespedes provided over the weekend.
The good news for any Mets fans dreaming of a return to the month of October is that Cespedes provided a blueprint for such heroics only a season ago.
If you recall before last year’s trade deadline, the Mets featured one of the most horrific lineups you will ever see.
It was anemic, it was unable to deliver runs on a consistent basis, and there was not one guy in the lineup that scared you.
After the Mets traded for Cespedes, his production was off the charts.
He was able to put the team on his back and helped carry the Mets to their first division title in nine seasons.
Not only can Cespedes carry a team, but also his presence alone makes everyone else in the lineup better.
Mets fans can only hope that the return will help spark struggling Jay Bruce, who was brought in to provide the same sort of spark that Cespedes did last year, but instead has only resembled a “JB” that lives in Mets infamy: Jason Bay.
The Mets will need to pitch better and they’ll need to do a better job hitting with runners in scoring position, but Cespedes’ ability to carry the team might just mask some of these season-long deficiencies.
Will we look back on this weekend as the moment when Yoenis Cespedes brought the Mets back to life in 2016? Or will it just be prolonging their stay of execution?
The next six weeks will give Cespedes the chance to see if he can save the Mets once again.
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