So Jose Reyes is batting third tonight. I do not like it. I’ll be honest. I do not see why he should be the guy to be moved. Why not move Jason Bay out of the clean-up spot? He is not doing his job. As a lead-off hitter, Reyes is doing his job. He is getting on base. He is fast and can steal bases. So can Angel Pagan, but Pagan does not get on base as easily as Reyes seems to be doing.
Here is something to think about. Reyes is the one who seems to be hitting. So if Pagan and Luis Castillo can get on, should Reyes get a hit, those guys have a chance at getting home and scoring runs.
Is changing the order of a line-up good? Yes. Only if it is advantageous to the team. Moving Reyes does not seem to be the answer. This seems a little foolish to me, despite what I stated in the above paragraph. I think Reyes is going to be more tempted to swing rather than take pitches. I do not see him being able to do that.
This series will determine how this move turns out. I’ve already made my opinion. I do not like it. It is going to change Reyes completely as to how he approaches hitting. This is risky. He’s had problems in the past with his swing. This is going to bring those problems back. He’ll feel like he has to hit home runs.
Oh well! Let’s Go Mets!