Mets New Lineup: Reyes 3rd Ahead Of Bay 4th

An article by posted on April 23, 2010

We all know about the on again, off again musings of Jerry Manuel with regards to batting Jose Reyes third in the lineup, a move that Reyes is strongly opposed to.

In fact, Manuel had planned on unveiling Reyes in the third spot during the Cardinals series last weekend, but backed off after Reyes began chirping to the media.

Well according to a report by Adam Rubin, Reyes batting third is back on again and it begins tonight against the Braves.

The game’s consummate leadoff hitter is headed to the No. 3 hole in the New York Mets’ lineup.

Manager Jerry Manuel has informed Jose Reyes that he intends to bat the shortstop third this weekend against the Atlanta Braves in an attempt to jump-start the team’s dormant offense.

The assumption is that Reyes would bat third followed by Bay, who could see more fastballs. “(Bay) is a very good fastball hitter, and when he goes to the plate they throw everything but the kitchen sink at him but the fastball,” Manuel said. “If Reyes happens to be on, you get more fastballs.”

Here’s the problem…

The Mets have three right handed hitters who are all struggling mightily.

1. Jeff Francoeur – After a .457 start through his first ten games, Francoeur has been mired in the worst slump of his career. An 0 for 25 stretch which he snapped yesterday with a single.

2. Jason Bay - Bay is now batting .224. He has not homered this season and has now gone 27 games since his last homerun. The drought is the longest of Bay’s career.

3. David Wright – He is now batting .241 the worst mark of his career. He has just six extra-base hits while batting third and is on pace for 256 strikeouts this season.

I warned at the start of the season that the lineup was too top heavy as far as right handed hitters go and needed one more significant lefty bat to add some balance. Could Ike Davis be the answer?

Andy Martino from the Daily News writes the following,

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