Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed on Monday afternoon that injured outfielder Yoenis Céspedes suffered multiple ankle fractures from an accident on his ranch in Florida, SNY’s Steve Gelbs reports. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Céspedes suffered a “violent fall” in a non-baseball-related activity. The Mets don’t have a timetable for Céspedes to return.
Céspedes, 33, was already working his way back from surgeries on both of his heels and was expected to return in late June or early July. Now, his return could be even later than that.
Céspedes is in the third year of his four-year, $110 million contract signed in November 2016. He played in only 81 games in 2017 and 38 games last year. When Céspedes has been healthy, he has been productive. The Mets are hoping to get at least two months out of him this year, but it may be too late by then if they continue to crater in the NL East.
For the third consecutive season, the Astros are AL West champions. The ‘stros clinched the division on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 13-5 win over the Angels. They were backed by three homers from leadoff man George Springer and individual homers from Alex Bregman and Aledmys Díaz.
Springer has the 22nd three-homer game in baseball this season. He’s the first Astro to hit three homers in a game since Yordan Álvarez last month, on August 10.
Justin Verlander lasted five innings in Sunday’s start, yielding two runs on six hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander is arguably the frontrunner for the AL Cy Young Award, now 20-6 with a 2.53 ERA and a 288/42 K/BB ratio in 217 innings on the year. Verlander is 12 strikeouts shy of the 300-strikeout milestone and six strikeouts short of 3,000 for his career. If the Astros stay on schedule, Verlander would pitch the second-to-last game of the regular season against the Angels.
Sunday’s win marked No. 102 on the season for the Astros. The franchise record is 103 wins set last year. With six games remaining, it seems likely the Astros will set a new record.
The Astros and Yankees both won on Sunday, meaning the Astros remain a half-game ahead in the race for home field advantage. The No. 1 seed will also have the privilege of playing the Wild Card winner, which is down to the Athletics, Rays, and Indians.