Yoenis Cespedes named NL Player of the Week, 2nd straight Met to receive honor


Yoenis Cespedes has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week of September 7th-13th. From the official press release:

In seven games last week, Cespedes led the Majors with 12 RBI and 26 total bases, while tying for the Major League lead with four home runs. The 29-year-old posted an NL-best .897 slugging percentage and was tied for third among NL hitters with 10 hits. Cespedes hit .345 (10-for-29) for the week, helping the NL East-leading Mets to a perfect 7-0 record. On Sunday, the Campechuela, Cuba native clubbed his 34th homer of the season and collected two RBI in a 6-4 victory at Atlanta. Cespedes’ career-high 102 RBI are currently fourth-most in the Majors this season. He is the first Cuban-born player to post back-to-back 100-RBI seasons since Rafael Palmeiro (Havana, Cuba) accomplished the feat in 2002-03. In Friday’s matchup between the two clubs, Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI en route to a 5-1 win. The multi-hit performance was his 54th of the season, which trails only his former Detroit teammate Ian Kinsler (55) for the Major League lead. Cespedes began the week by leading his club to a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals from September 7th-9th. The All-Star slugger went 6-for-14 off Nats’ pitchers with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in the three-game set. His bases-clearing double in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s contest drove in three runs and helped the Mets overcome a 7-1 deficit in an eventual 8-7 victory. On Wednesday, Yoenis connected on a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, guiding New York to a 5-3 win and a series sweep. With the stellar week, Cespedes now has 16 homers and 41 RBI in his first 40 games with the Mets after being traded from Detroit in July. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the second player since 1920 to record 15-or-more home runs and 40-or-more RBI within his first 40 games with a new club, joining Hank Sauer, who hit 15 homers with 47 RBI in his first 40 games with the Chicago Cubs in 1949 after being dealt by the Cincinnati Reds. This is the second career weekly honor for Cespedes, who was named AL Player of the Week, July 9-15, 2012 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. It also marks the second consecutive weekly award for a Met, following last week’s winner, Bartolo Colon.


According to Baseball Reference’s Player of the Week archives, it is the first time the Mets have won two consecutive Player of the Week honors since 2012, in which R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana won it in consecutive weeks (the latter was during the week of Santana’s no-hitter). Believe it or not, David Wright and Jason Bay were the last two Mets to win the award in consecutive weeks before Dickey and Santana. Wright and Bay accomplished the feat in September of 2011. Earlier this season, in the week ending August 2nd, Lucas Duda and Noah Syndergaard shared Player of the Week honors.


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