How Many Games Will Jose Reyes and David Wright Play In 2009?
Jose Reyes and David Wright are two extremely dynamic players who make things happen every day and their energy is palpable throughout the stadium.
While it is enjoyable to watch them dive and slide around in the dirt for 160+ games a season, they do need to be monitored to make sure they are rested enough so they can sustain their energy levels.
Jose Reyes is 25 years old and has been in the majors since shortly before his 20th birthday and has come a long way in pain tolerance and determination to play even while not feeling 100% healthy. He spent a great deal of 2004-2006 on and off the Disabled List with various maladies that most likely he would be playing with now in 2009.
This part of his game developed once David Wright showed him that it can be done, they have learned a lot from each other, and this is one noticeable effect from working side by side for almost five years now. The duo has set a franchise record for innings played side by side and it has paid dividends. They seem to feed off each other's energy and the rest of the team follows suit. If Reyes hits a home run, Wright is the first one to greet him with a hug and same when Wright hits a home run. To some it may seem odd, going for a hug instead of a high five, but for them it works.
David Wright is 26 years old and will be marking his fifth full year in the majors in July of 2009. Wright has never missed two consecutive games and in 2008, was the last player in the majors to be given a rest, he had not even had one inning rest no matter what the score. He plays through just about anything that comes his way, admirable no question, but the Mets have to be careful to rest him and monitor his energy and pain levels because he will not complain.
Jerry Manuel did see to it that they both received two days off during the segment of the 2008 season under his management, but Willie Randolph did not rest them except when injured, and even then, not so much in David Wright's case. As bench coach under Willie Randolph, Manuel had to make his own observations about the players and adjust to being their manager and not a coach, so the communication dynamic changed mid season.
Both Reyes and Wright should get at least two routine days off each season, maybe one per half, and possibly be taken out of games where the score is extemely lopsided. They were both left in a game last summer against the Nationals where the Mets were winning 12-0, and Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado had both been removed from the game.
Both are extremely important to this Mets team and for the organization as they are both home grown talent and have shown themselves to be proud to spend hopefully their careers with the Mets.
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