Yoenis Cespedes dyes his hair and a Mets’ streak ends – New York Post

One Met who won’t be going anywhere at the trade deadline, regardless of what the front office decides to do, is Yoenis Cespedes and it’s hard to imagine the team contending any time soon without the left fielder being productive.

The slumping Cespedes showed some life in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Cardinals, with two hits, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. And he also showed off a new hair color: blue.

Cespedes dyed his hair prior to Wednesday’s game and manager Terry Collins didn’t mind the interesting look, given the results.

“Whatever sparks him,’’ Collins said. “Whatever gets him going, I’m all in. He started to hit the ball hard tonight and I hope he comes with a different color [Thursday]. If we get red hot, you’ll see some more blue hair.”

Jacob deGrom made an early seven-run lead hold up, though not without a scare from the bullpen, which surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth and then loaded the bases later in the inning.

With the potential tying run at the plate — following a walk to pinch-hitter Adam Wainwright — Collins went to Addison Reed to get the final four outs of the game, which he did.


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DeGrom won his seventh straight start and has a 1.51 ERA since getting shelled for eight runs in four innings in Texas on June 6.

The offense scored three runs in the first and four more in the second off Mike Leake, who lasted just two innings.

It was a stark difference from Tuesday’s loss, when the Mets were shutout by Michael Wacha.

Cespedes’ production at the plate may have been the best sign for them Wednesday. He has been working with Kevin Long on shortening his swing and the hitting coach believes the slugger is chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone.

“Obviously, things haven’t been going great for me,” Cespedes said through an interpreter. “But just because of that, I’m not going to get discouraged. I’m going to work my way through this.”

The results were positive Wednesday, but it wasn’t all good news, as Cespedes coasted into second on the double and was visited by Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez.

“He had run hard and there was no air out there tonight,” Collins said. “It was hot and humid. He said, ‘I’m fine.’ Maybe I’ll take an oxygen tank with me next time.”

Cespedes remained in the game and had four straight balls hit to him in the third — with varying results. He nonchalantly went after Magneuris Sierra’s fly ball to lead off the inning, but ran down Tommy Pham’s liner to left-center for the second out.

“I think he knows what he can catch and what he can’t,’’ Collins said. “I know he wants to make sure nothing happens, so he stays on the field. He has a pretty good feel for it.”

Cespedes has battled quad and hamstring injuries and most recently, a jammed hip.


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“If the chance comes up again to dive, I’ll dive and if I get hurt, I get hurt,” Cespedes said. “That’s what happens.”

And even though it looks like the 2017 Mets are soon going to be dismantled, Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $110 million deal, said it won’t affect how he plays.

“That happens,” Cespedes said of the Mets potentially selling assets at the deadline. “It’s not gonna make me work any less hard.”

Not surprisingly, Collins is holding onto hope.

“I can stomach anything,’’ the manager said. “I think you have to be able to to do this job here. We don’t know when a streak is gonna hit and we’re gonna get going. Maybe it starts [Wednesday]. Maybe we break out [Thursday] and the next five days pitch [well].”