NY Sports Dog: It's Time to Move Jose Reyes Back to Leadoff

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Time to Move Jose Reyes Back to Leadoff

This has nothing to do with the last two losses.  It has nothing to do with Jason Bay seeing more fastballs.  It has nothing to do with Angel Pagan.

You move Jose Reyes back to leadoff because he is a leadoff hitter, period.

The top of the Mets order is not a place for an experiment.

For his career, Jose Reyes is batting an even .300 when leading off a game.

In 2008, his last healthy season, he hit .340 when leading off a game and .327 when leading off an inning.

More importantly, he scored 43 runs when leading off a game in 2008.  That's over 1/4 of your season with a run in the first frame.  If you think that was a fluke, it's not.  He scored a first inning run 37 times in 2007.

We know that Reyes is not back to form yet after the injuries, but he was actually producing better as a leadoff hitter.  Since he's moved to the 3 hole Jose is hitting just .200 with a .243 OBP.

It's time to move him back, and it needs to happen tonight.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!

Jason said...

I couldn't agree more.

Besides the obvious reasons to move him back, batting him third takes the bunt away from him which is a part of his game.

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