I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but I still don’t buy the reasoning for Reyes batting second in the lineup.
In essence the Mets are trying to bench Reyes but yet play him at the same time.
It is yet another example of how the Mets can be organizationally indecisive. Here are a few other examples of organizational indecisiveness that comes to mind:
1. The handling of Carlos Beltran’s injury.
Should he have surgery? Should he not have surgery? Oh wait, I guess he did have surgery. We didn’t approve it. We did approve it.
2. The handling of Oliver Perez and John Maine.
These two pitchers have been given an abundance of opportunities to establish themselves as big league starters. Many other organizations would have cut ties with both of them a long time ago. Not the Mets. They are both on the horizon of returning. Or are they?
3. The handling of Jennry Mejia.
Mejia is needed in the bullpen and is crucial to its success. Let’s only pitch him during non-critical situations. On second thought, let’s send him down to develop as a starter.
Back to the latest head scratcher.
Jerry Manuel believes by batting Reyes second you bring more things in to play for the hurting Reyes. For example, if Pagan gets on, Jose can bunt for a hit.
Why can’t he bunt for a hit from the lead off spot?
If he is also considering sacrificing Pagan over, Cora or Tejada are perfectly capable of accomplishing that task. The advantage with them doing it is Jose is not jeopardizing his health.
Reyes is also refraining from sliding head first. So now, not only is he refraining from batting left handed, but he also has to make an unnatural adjustment in a split second when on the base paths.
This whole situation makes me wonder who is in control. I remember the first game Jerry Manuel managed after Willie Randolph was fired.
The Mets were facing the Anaheim Angels (or whatever they were called back then). Reyes came up a bit lame running out a ground ball and Manuel decided to pull him.
Reyes was visibly upset and wouldn’t leave the field at first. Manuel stuck to his guns and had a “heart to heart” with Jose in the clubhouse. I was impressed with how decisive Jerry was in a difficult situation. What has happened since then?
Fellow editor and the Yoda of our staff, Tom Greenhalgh, made a great point last night when he stated “Manage your players. Don’t let them manage you.”
How much of these “Reyes Rules” are Jose’s idea and how much are Manuel’s?
It might be hard to believe, but there is a silver lining to this history of hesitancy by the Mets organization.
It is a sign of a group of people trying too hard. They find themselves in these situations because they try to take the best pieces from two different options and turn it into one. Unfortunately, this option isn’t the most realistic in most situations.
Look at it this way. At least they’re not like the Pirates organization. The last two owners they have had have made it perfectly clear they could care less about winning or the product on the field.