Jose Reyes Comments on Phillies, Possible Lineup Change

Dominick DiFucciAnalyst IFebruary 19, 2009

Jose Reyes was in Spring Training and he was opening up the media mailbag about Phillies taunts. The media was asking him if he had heard about the Mets being "Choke Artists" and all the other comments made all along.

Reyes had some expressive comments towards the Phillies: "We don't worry about Philly," Reyes said. "I don't know why they worry so much about the New York Mets. They are the ones to win the World Series, not us, and we don't say nothing about them. We just say congratulations to the Phillies.

"They always seem like they're talking something about us. I don't know why. I mean, they have to be happy because they win the World Series. Why are they focusing on us? If they don't like us, that's OK."

Reyes also heard about the Phillies teasing Shane Victorino—comparing him to Reyes—after the center fielder raised his finger rounding first base to celebrate a postseason home run. A photo was hung in his locker with the caption J. REYES underneath it.

"I don't know why they say that," Reyes said. "I'm not the only one when I hit a home run I'm pimping. A lot of people do that. People from Philadelphia, too, they stand there for a couple seconds at home plate and nobody says nothing."

As for the supposed lineup controversy, with Jerry Manuel suggesting that Reyes could be dropped from the leadoff spot to third, the shortstop didn't seem to mind. Manuel is thinking it might be better with Luis Castillo atop the order, where he can be more of a pitch-taking pest, and Reyes could use his gap-to-gap power at No.3.

"I'm here to do whatever they want me to do," Reyes said. "People called me and said I'm not going to lead off any more, but I'm here to help this team win. No matter where they put me—third, second, fourth, fifth, whatever. I'm here to play baseball and try to help this team win a championship."

It is starting to sound like Jose Reyes has matured and could be one of the Mets' most productive players in the NL this year. If he bats third, he might have close to 100 RBI this year.

Mets will try to let Castillo get on base to set the table and let Reyes and David Wright drive them in.

Jerry's New Projected lineup

1. Castillo

2. Beltran

3. Reyes

4. Wright

5. Delgado

6. Church

7. Murphy/Tatis

8. Schneider/Castro


What Dom D thinks the Mets lineup should be

1. Reyes

2. Church

3. Wright

4. Delgado

5. Beltran

6. Murphy

7. Castillo

8. Schneider


What do you think the best lineup is for the Mets? Give your thoughts.