Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t been productive at the plate lately, and his fielding and baserunning blunders have really hurt the Mets in the World Series.
Game 4 was an awful one for Cespedes. He was just 1-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout, but his lackadaisical play in the outfield and on the basepaths was much more harmful to his team’s efforts. The Royals were able to get a run in the fifth partly because Cespedes failed to catch a bloop hit by Salvador Perez that he kicked away, which led to a double.
“As I was coming closer, I thought it was going to land,” Cespedes told reporters after the game through a translator, “As I started picking up velocity, I just kind of got messed up.”
The play was eerily similar to the way Cespedes booted Alcides Escobar’s first-pitch hit which allowed him to score an inside-the-park home run in Game 1 of this series.
Cespedes also made a crucial mistake in the bottom of the ninth in Game 4. His team had a chance to tie or win the game down two runs with two runners on and one out. Lucas Duda lined out to third, and Cespedes got doubled off at first after misreading the play.
“I thought it was going to touch the grass,” Cespedes said, “so I didn’t think it would turn into a double play.”
Cespedes hasn’t had a multi-hit game since Game 3 of the NLCS, and hasn’t hit a home run since Game 3 of the NLDS. If he doesn’t turn it around, the Mets will have a very difficult time climbing out of their 3-1 series hole.