Last year, with the New York Mets' offense in a free fall, the team made several moves that helped propel them all the way to the World Series.
Once again the Mets find themselves struggling at the plate, scoring the third-fewest runs in the majors. And while they can't trade for Cespedes again, he did something on Thursday night that was so explosive, it just might be the spark the team needs.
With his team trailing the Chicago Cubs 3-0, the powerful Cuban launched an estimated 466-foot home run.
According to the SNY broadcast, it's the first in-game home run to reach Citi Field's third deck.
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From there the Mets seemed re-charged. After scoring a total of eight runs during a four-game losing streak heading into Thursday, the team tacked on three more runs an inning later, taking a 4-3 lead that held up.
"I think it woke us. I really do," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Cespedes' shot, his 19th of the year. "He hadn't hit one in a while and that was a big one. I really think that got the guys energized."