The New York Mets are good at several things, but what they are becoming one of the best in baseball at is hitting home runs. Of course, seven home runs in one game is not always the norm, but they did that in their 14-4 win on Tuesday over Philadelphia.
On the night, slugger Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs. He had two other chances to hit his fourth of the game, but doubled over Odubel Herrera’s head in center field and grounded out to short in the eighth to miss out on four home runs in a single game.
The Phillies could not come up with a game plan that worked against Cespedes. The Mets slugger enjoys the ball low in the strike. Since becoming a Met, Cespedes is batting .124 against pitches in the upper third of the strike zone with a slugging percentage of .231 and just 3 home runs.
Pitches in all other areas of the strike zone have amounted to a .311 batting average, a .624 slugging percentage and 49 home runs.
Cespedes on Tuesday was at bat for 19 pitches, with just two pitches thrown in the weak area of his strike zone, which he ended up popping up.
He swung at eight of the 17 other pitches he faced and made contact on every one of the eight swings. Cespedes did not just hit three round trippers but he put the Phillies defenders on their heels and made the Phillies pitcher and catcher think twice and or doubt themselves, on each pitch selection.
In the game, the Mets had 14 hits for extra bases. The performance is a reminder of why New York was No. 2 in the National League last season with 218 home runs and joined Baltimore as only the second and third teams to ever score over 50% of their overall runs via home runs.
However, it was too one-dimensional as New York scored only 671 runs, which was far below the 718 NL average for the season.
New York needs to hit more singles and draw more walks in front of their home runs.
Lucas Duda, who played only 47 games in 2016, hit a pair of home runs on Tuesday. Jay Bruce has started strong with four homers already and Neil Walker only played 113 games a season ago, while Cespedes did not play in 30 games.
With that kind of power in the lineup, the Mets should finish the season with more runs and with a strong rotation on the mound, will definitely be battling for a playoff spot.