After a mental health day on the bench Monday, New York Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes returned to the team's lineup on Tuesday versus the Washington Nationals. He will be joined on the returning front by Jay Bruce who has missed a few games with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis in his foot. In addition, Michael Conforto will take a seat against lefty Gio Gonzalez as Brandin Nimmo takes his place.
Analysis: Cespedes has been mired in a huge slump that includes a slew of strikeouts and has gone back over a week now. That followed an insanely hot spring training and first week of the season but the strikeout spike is a bit alarming. As far as Bruce is concerned, the foot has flared up going back o last season but he is less volatile of the two in terms of production. Finally, Conforto has pretty much sat versus most lefties going back to last season which makes him sitting out Tuesday no shock. The bigger story is that he looks to be pain-free and swinging the bat well.