Yoenis Cespedes was sensational in the Mets victory over the Rockies on Friday. He went five-for-six, with three home runs, a double, seven RBIs and five runs scored. Was it the best Mets hitting performance ever?
Well, it was definitely Cespedes’s best night, according to the man himself.
“I’ve been feeling great all this time, but it’s like any other good hitter – they find a night they can lock themselves in and they won’t miss the ball and they hit it hard,” he said, according to Mets Blog.
The long-accepted best Mets hitting game was Edgardo Alfonzo’s Houston explosion on August 30, 1999. He went six-for-six, also with three home runs and a double. He scored six runs and had five RBIs. His 16 total bases is a Mets record.
So which game was better? Well, Alfonzo had one more hit, one more run and one more total base than Cespedes. But Cespedes had two more RBIs, so it is kind of a wash.
I think you’d have to go with Alfonzo for the simple reason that the old Astrodome was a very hard place to hit homers, while Cespedes accomplished his feat in the thin air of Colorado.
Still though, Cespedes was incredible. It shows what the Mets have been missing over the past few years — a player who might do something exciting in every at bat. Yoenis Cespedes is Must-See-TV. Jose Reyes was the last Mets everyday player who filled that role.
The odds that the Mets can sign Cespedes long-term are small, so let’s enjoy this while we can.