Yoenis Cespedes expected back in lineup as Mets open key 11-game stretch

The Mets are getting Yoenis Cespedes back in the? lineup just as the team, five games under .500, opens a crucial 11-game stretch.

Cespedes, on the disabled list for six weeks with a left-hamstring injury, was activated and? used twice? as a pinch-hitter over the weekend as the Mets took three of four from the Braves, and manager Terry Collins said he expected the slugger to be in the lineup Monday? when New York opens a three-game series against the World Series champion Cubs at Citi Field.

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How hard? Consider that, according to The Associated Press, the Mets are 121-89 since Aug. 1, 2015, when Cespedes plays and 32-41 when he doesn’t.

Cespedes, who slashed at .280/.354/.530 in 2016 with 31? homers and 86 RBIs, will force Collins to juggle outfield time since MIchael? Conforto has morphed into a lineup mainstay. Look for Cespedes (left), Conforto (center) and Jay Bruce (right) to get most of the starts, with Curtis Granderson likely seeing his playing time decrease. Of the four, Cespedes is the only right-handed hitter.

Well flip-flop and move guys around and try to get everybody some playing time, Collins said. As a player, to me, he’s the safest pick in the draft. I cannot be argued with this point. I think he’s quick to the big leagues as a left-handed pitcher. Will he be an ace? I don’t know. I’ve been in the game now for a while. I look at him as a Jon Lester type. Now, I don’t know that he’s going to be the big ace like Jon Lester has become, but this kid is polished on the mound. And then you watch him hit? My comp for him is Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins.

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