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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CRISIS POINT: YOENIS CESPEDES OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

With the legs being the foundation physically of the human body, it is stating the obvious that a baseball player needs to have those two extremities operating at 100 percent efficiency in order to do their work on the field.  Any issue there derails said player and their respective numbers and you need not look beyond New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in 2017 as this being proof positive.  Fresh off another leg scare in Monday's big loss to the Washington Nationals (it turned out to be cramps), Cespedes has endured nothing but horrid injury luck to his legs that have derailed both he and his fantasy baseball owners' season.  Cespedes already has missed 37 games this season due to injury, which includes a left hamstring strain and a right quad ailment and the cramp further had muddies the health waters.  Now in terms of the numbers, Cespedes was drafted as an OF 1 for 2017 and rightfully so given his 25-30 home run bat and annual run toward 90 RBI with a decent average.  Unfortunately Cespedes' numbers are a shell of those lofty totals as he goes into Wednesday's action with a decent .281 average but with only 9 home runs and a paltry 19 RBI in 154 at-bats.  Cespedes has also been mired in a horrendous slump of late, hitting .152 with no extra-base hits since June 23.  Clearly not the impact that Cespedes' owners were hoping for when the selected him in the third/fourth round.

As we look toward the remainder of the season, Cespedes is very capable of the monster two-month debut run he had with the Mets in 2015 when he nearly won the NL MVP after coming over via trade.  The guy has tremendous natural power and he can really fill up the boxscore when right.  Alas the health doesn't seem to be improving and it is becoming quite chronic as well.  So again while Cespedes certainly is capable of a big performance down the stretch, he also equally can be bellow-up due to more injury woes this season.


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