Where Is Jose Reyes?

An article by posted on April 14, 2009

Since 2006, it’s been said that “As Jose Reyes goes, so do the Mets.” So far, after a scant seven games into the season, the Mets find themselves sitting in 4th place with a 3-4 record.

Jose Reyes hasn’t exactly lit things up at the plate or even on the basepaths. It was maddening to see him get called out at second base last night while trying to stretch a single into a double. It came at a time that the Mets needed baserunners and were down by four runs.

So far this season, he is batting just .241 with only 2 extra-base hits in 29 at-bats.  He has only one stolen base and has already been caught stealing twice.

It’s probably not a trend that will continue much longer, but if you were wondering what has happened to the Mets offense so far this season, one look at Jose Reyes will tell you all you need to know.

One discouraging sign during this cold streak for Reyes has been the uppercut swing on balls in the zone, and seeing him swing and miss on those low and outside pitches beyond his reach. We’ve been hearing all off season how the new ballpark was tailor made for a guy like Reyes… big alleys, deep gaps, unpredictable angles…

Some have predicted a record breaking season for triples by Reyes this season, but last night he looked like he was swinging for the fences.

Somebody forgot to give Reyes the memo.

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