Yoenis Cespedes on saving Mets from slump: ‘I’m not Superman’
The New York Mets’ offense has been mired in a prolonged slump. But Yoenis Cespedes, who is struggling at the plate himself, insists he alone cannot save the team from its hitting woes.
“I’m not Superman,” Cespedes said in Spanish after the Mets dropped Tuesday’s doubleheader in a pair of 3-1 losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, per NJ.com’s Maria Guardado.
The Mets outfielder certainly didn’t help the cause during Tuesday’s two losses, going 0-for-7 with a walk in the doubleheader. But his struggles at the plate go far beyond two games.
Since May 25, Cespedes is batting .086 (3-for-35), a span of 11 games. All told, despite the quickly lengthening slump, it’s been an average season for the slugger, as he’s posted a triple-slash of .266/.340/.571 on the season to go along with 15 home runs and 37 RBI.
But the Mets, losers of seven of their past 10 games, need more out of Cespedes at this point in time. But the slugger defiantly stated it will take much more than him warming up at the plate to get the team back on track, citing the overall ineffectiveness of the entire lineup.
“If the guys ahead of me and the guys behind me can’t get on base, it doesn’t really do anything for me to just be on there on my own,” he said. “I’d have to hit home runs every time.”
Cespedes is dealing with a right hip injury but insists that’s not to blame for his slump.
“I’m a little bit lost at the plate right now, but my hip is not affecting me,” he said.
Instead, he says it’s a mechanical issue causing his struggles at the plate, saying, “I know what I’m doing wrong.”
Despite the Mets’ recent woes, Cespedes believes it’s simply how things go at times during a long season.
“I think that’s just a part of baseball,” he said, via ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “Everyone has some highs and some lows. And clearly, I’m going through a little bit of a slump right now.”
Even though the Mets have stalled of late, the team nevertheless sits at 31-26, only 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East.
In other words, all is not lost. Yet.