Yoenis Cespedes Highly Unlikely To Return For Yankees Series

Mike's On
June 07, 2018 - 4:04 pm
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes



By WFAN.com

It is "highly unlikely" that Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes will play in this weekend's Subway Series, WFAN's Mike Francesa said.

"My understanding is that he's just not ready and that they're not going to take any chances," Francesa said at the start of his show Thursday.

Cespedes has been out since May 16 with a strained right hip. 

He suffered the injury May 6 and played five games with discomfort. At the time of the injury, the Mets were 19-18. They've gone 8-14 in his absence, losing five straight 13 of 16 games.

Cespedes is hitting .255 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 37 games this season.

Francesa said that Cespedes' absence will take "some steam" out of the three-game series against the Yankees at Citi Field, but he added that he wouldn't count out the Mets despite their recent struggles.

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"The Mets are going to have to get by without him," Francesa said. "Listen, this is a perfect setup for the Mets. It might not seem like it. You might think that the Yankees, off another big win yesterday ... might go in and steamroll them -- and maybe the Yankees will go in and steamroll them. But the Yankees are going to face some good pitching."

The Mets will send Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.49 ERA) to the mound Friday against Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.79). On Saturday, it will be the Mets' Steven Matz (2-4, 3.42) versus the Yankees' Domingo German (0-4, 5.44). 

The best pitching matchup of the series could come in the Sunday night finale if Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06) returns from a finger injury to go up against Yankees ace Luis Severino (9-1, 2.20).

Of course, the Mets could use Cespedes' bat. They've scored just seven runs in their last six games, all losses.