Baseball Crank
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June 28, 2008
BASEBALL: He Chose Poorly

I really am at my wits' end, and the Mets' management must be as well, about Jose Reyes' baserunning. I mean, first and second, two outs, down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth with Wright up, he gets picked off second base. No reason why a guy with his wheels should be that far off second - he'll be running on the play and will score on pretty much anything. Wright then hits a solo homer to lead off the next inning instead of what might have been a 2-out 3-run shot, and the Mets lose 3-2.

I wish I had count of the number of times this season Reyes has run the Mets out of an inning on a poor percentage play at second or third, often making the first or last out at third base in violation of one of baseball's cardinal rules. It's just inexcusable by this point for him not to have learned that lesson.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:08 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

As senseless and glaring as these type of gaffes can be to the naked eye at the time, they dont add up to but a few runs lost over the course of the season. Reyes is part of the solution not the problem.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at June 29, 2008 1:19 AM

This is how a great catcher like Jorge Posada will win games outside the box score...he signaled to Pettitte to do the pickoff play and Reyes was somewhere near Astoria when he threw to second

Posted by: Ironman at June 29, 2008 2:03 AM

Reyes has shown for years that he is long on talent and short on brains. He doesn't even play his shortstop position properly, and makes costly mistakes there also. While the good outweighs the bad, a more intelligent approach to the game would help his club over the long run.

Posted by: hankypanky at June 29, 2008 9:04 AM

One friend compares Reyes to Stefon Marbury, Great talent, but doesn't make the team better. My response was they did fine, as did he in 2006.

However, if there is one player Reyes does remind me of is Garry Templeton. All the talent in the world, and unwilling to add to the equation. Reyes may actually get it one day, but by then the wheels will have come off the bus.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at June 29, 2008 9:05 AM

Reyes has already grown and developed much more as a hitter than Templeton ever did, and has a much more positive attitude. But I'd agree that something - brains or judgment - is just lacking there.

Posted by: The Crank at June 29, 2008 10:11 AM

I always wonder why the batter, who's looking right at the 2nd baseman sneaking in behind, doesn't signal the runner to get back to the friggin' bag.

Posted by: spongeworthy at June 30, 2008 4:11 PM
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