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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes named NL Player of the Week

Yoenis Cespedes continue to dazzle, this time earning the player of the week award.

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Mets fans have grown accustom to seeing Yoenis Cespedes hit home runs and extra base hits. The Mets outfielder was awarded for his exception play, being named as the National League Player of the Week for last week. Cespedes hit .345 with a .367 on base percentage, four home runs—including a go-ahead blast against the Nationals—and 12 runs batted in.

Since joining the Mets on July 31, Cespedes has hit .308 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in only 40 games played. His play has been so exceptional that—warranted or not—some are talking about him as a potential NL Most Valuable Player candidate. The Mets acquired Cespedes from the Tigers for minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

Before July 31, the Mets averaged 3.54 runs per game. With Cespedes, that number as of five days ago was 6.14 runs per game, the best mark in the majors. Cespedes hasn't been the only player to hit well over that span, but he has been one of the Mets' best.