Jose Reyes is one of the highest energy players in sports. With his speed, glove and energy he brings to the field, he is one of the funnest players to watch. At the young age of 26 he’s already been in the top 30 of the MVP voting 4 times, an All-Star twice and has won a Silver Slugger Award.
Last season however, Reyes had what appeared to be a non-major injury to his right calf muscle in May. Due to misdiagnose and/or mistreatment this would eventually lead to a torn right hamstring. Reyes would only play in 36 games in 2009, batting .279 with 2 HR and 11 stolen bases. At that pace Reyes would of had about 50 stolen bases, 9 HR and about 185 hits, if he played the whole season.
Reyes had surgery to repair the torn hamstring on October 14th and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. One has to wonder if the World Baseball Classic, played during the 2009 Spring Training, had anything to do with these injuries. Reyes along with Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and J.J. Putz all played in the WBC and all experienced injury riddled season. David Wright and Frankie Rodriguez also took part in the event and experienced down years. This year there is no WBC, which may relieve some Mets fans.
Reyes is the most important player to this Mets offense. When he plays well, the Mets do well. So last year when Reyes went down it came as no surprise to me that the team started to go down (all the injuries didn’t help either). If the Mets want to be successful in 2010 they will need Reyes to produce at the All-Star caliber level we are all use to.
For me, I am expecting a great season from Jose Reyes in 2010, maybe his best. I have a feeling that he is going to come out and play this year with a new sense of appreciation for the game, after this injury greatly shorten his season and could of jeopardized his career.
In fact I would pick Reyes to win the MVP this season if it wasn’t for a man in St. Louis by the name of Albert Pujols. So I’ll pick Reyes in finish in 2nd place behind The Great Pujols in the MVP voting.
Here is what I think his stats will be for the 2010 season:
210 hits, 25 3B, 10 HR, 64 SB .317/.372/.442
Just my opinion, but I’m expecting a huge year from Reyes.