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YOENIS CESPEDES

Oct. 12, 2015
Oct. 12, 2015

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Oct. 12, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • By GREG A. BEDARD
  • Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah appear to be first-round locks, with Oakman, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and Oregon's DeForest Buckner likely to go on opening night if they perform well. Here are five other pure DEs who could work their way into the top round.

DAY OF ATONEMENT
  • FOR THE 82ND STRAIGHT YEAR, THERE'S NO WORLD SERIES IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. BUT THERE'S REASON TO BELIEVE, D.C: AFTER DECADES IN THE DESERT, ONE FAN HAS DONE HIS PART TO TURN THE FATES IN YOUR FAVOR

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YOENIS CESPEDES

You can trace the Mets' offensive arc through the swing of one man. Through four months of the season New York scored a miserable 3.5 runs per game. Yoenis Cespedes arrived from Detroit on Aug. 1 and the party began: a 41-game romp through the NL in which the Mets won 30 times, scoring more than six runs per game as Cespedes hit .309/.356/.691 with 17 homers. There was briefly even talk of him as an MVP candidate. Unfortunately Cespedes went cold, scratching out a .218/.279/.327 line over the next three weeks without a single long ball. The Mets' lineup went with him, dipping to 3.6 runs per game during his slump. For all the talk of outfielder Michael Conforto (.270/.335/.506 since his call-up on July 24) and catcher Travis d'Arnaud (.256/.340/.464 since his July 31 return from an elbow sprain) and even the resurgence this season of outfielder Curtis Granderson (.259/.364/.457, his best work since 2011), New York's revival was about a Cuban outfielder on his fourth team in 13 months going nuts on a new league for six weeks. Cespedes's righthanded power will be critical in the Division Series, where the Mets will face three lefthanded Dodgers starters. That neutralizes Conforto (.214/.267/.214 against lefties) and Granderson (.183/.273/.286). The likelihood of low-scoring games will also increase the need for a quick-strike offense. Cespedes remains the Mets' best chance to produce crooked numbers.

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