PHILADELPHIA — Yoenis Cespedes was in the middle of all the Mets’ success this season. But he was not in the middle of the clubhouse celebration after the team clinched the first National League wild-card berth Saturday.
Cespedes had suffered through an 0-for-5 day and was ejected by plate umpire Will Little after getting called out on strikes in the ninth inning. Manager Terry Collins said he never had seen Cespedes so angry.
“First time,” Collins said. “That’s the first time I’ve seen where he was real . . . I talked to him. I told you, these guys are proud, man. Don’t ever think they just take stuff for granted and blow it off. They don’t like to be embarrassed and he had a bad day and he was not happy about it.”
Cespedes, through a translator, said: “After the game ended, I didn’t feel too good [mentally], so I’m waiting to celebrate on Wednesday.”
Cespedes, who did not play Sunday, finished the season batting .280 with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs in 132 games. He still is bothered by the right quadriceps injury that forced him to the disabled list in August, but he said he is ready to go for the wild-card game against the Giants.
“I feel good,” he said. “I think I’m ready physically and I’m ready mentally, and that’s the most important thing.”
Cespedes led the Mets for the season in home runs and RBIs. Neil Walker led the regulars in batting average at .282. Bartolo Colon led the pitchers in wins (15), starts (33) and innings (191 2⁄3). Noah Syndergaard was tops among the regular starters in ERA (2.60) and strikeouts (218) . . . Collins heard from his friend Sandy Kou fax after the Mets clinched . . . The Phillies honored Ryan Howard in his last game with the team.