In case you thought yesterday’s 300-foot dart to home plate was a fluke, Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes just proved you wrong.
During the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Angels-Athletics game, Albert Pujols slapped an offspeed pitch into the left-field corner. Cespedes took his time playing the ball as it caromed off the wall, and also overran it a bit.
Pujols would have had a stand-up double with ease. But because Cespedes seemingly misplayed the ball, he tried to stretch it into a three-bagger. That was a very bad idea, especially since he’s lost a few steps and hasn’t produced a triple since 2010 (and has hit just 15 in his 14-year career).
Cespedes made him pay for attempting to take the extra base. The Athletics OF threw an absolute dart to third base and gunned down the Angels slugger.
Is Cespedes trolling and actually baiting runners into stretching for extra bases so he can throw them out? It’s an interesting thought, but is certainly a possibility, as this has now happened in consecutive games.
Whatever he’s doing out there—it’s working for him.
Yoenis Cespedes throws out Albert Pujols for his league-leading 9th outfield assist. That’s more than 13 entire MLB teams this season
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2014