The move is of little surprise as Reyes has just not been able to get going this season. After starting the year 1-27 from the lead-off spot, Reyes was dropped to seventh in the order. In those two games, Reyes is 1-10.
With dropping Reyes in the order not working, it might be the time for the Mets to look at other options, and the trip to Miami presents that opportunity.
In the first two games of the series, the Marlins are throwing left-handed pitchers Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen. Given Flores’ numbers against left-handed pitching, the Mets were going to start him in both of these games. Given Reyes struggles and Lucas Duda‘s hot start against left-handed pitching, starting Flores over Reyes makes the most sense right now.
What will be interesting to see is what the Mets do on Saturday when Edison Volquez is scheduled to take the mound.
Flores is 1-7 in his career against Volquez whereas Reyes is 8-15 against him. It should be noted this includes an 0-4 when Reyes faced Volquez last year.
It’s possible Terry Collins looks at these numbers and gives Reyes another shot after two mental health days. It’s possible Collins goes to Flores if he rakes the next two days. It’s also possible T.J. Rivera gets his first start of the season.
There’s a lot of unknowns here because no one really knows why Reyes is struggling like this. The one thing we do know is the struggles now seem to be creating chances for someone else.