Collins Says Reyes Isn’t Moving Anywhere

An article by posted on June 5, 2011

I piqued your curiosity didn’t I?

Collins actually did say that, but he wasn’t referring to the trade deadline – he was responding to a question about moving Jose Reyes from the leadoff spot to batting third in the lineup.

As ESPN pointed out last night, there are plenty of reasons why some people look at Terry Collins as the anti-Jerry Manuel.

Collins provided yet another reason to support that theory on Saturday night.

Despite Jose Reyes being the team’s top run producer, Collins said he would never — never — move Reyes to another spot in the lineup.

“He’s going to stay right where he is,” Collins said.

Who can forget when Jerry Manuel put Reyes in the No. 3 hole last season in what ended up being a disastrous move for the shortstop and for the Mets. Reyes hit just .207 while batting third and looked like a fish out of water. For nearly a month, Reyes struggled and was visibly agitated batting third - his entire game was turned upside down by Manuel. It even affected Reyes’ performance on the bases as he failed to get one stolen base but was caught three times.

During his first day back in the leadoff spot, Reyes responded with a big day at the plate and his signature smile, which hadn’t been seen in weeks, was back too.

Reyes was also asked about shifting to third in the lineup after last night’s game.

“Come on man, you know what happened last year,” Reyes said, laughing off the question. “That didn’t work out too good. I’m comfortable in the leadoff.”

Collins was quick to squash the notion of taking Jose Reyes away from the leadoff spot and never hesitated. It’s just another reason among many others, to like the new Mets skipper.

By the way, according to Elias, Reyes is the fastest player to 10 triples since Curtis Granderson got to 10 in the Tigers’ 58th game. All of Reyes’ triples have come at Citi Field – the house that Reyes built?

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