The Jose Reyes Chronicles: Extremely Off Balance

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It is quite apparent that Jose Reyes is in quite the slump at the moment. We have watched his average dip down beneath .260, and Reyes is clearly frustrated at the plate. The Mets are going to need him to straighten himself out if they want to keep pace with the other teams in the NL East.

Over his last 29 at-bats, Reyes only has three hits, and he has struck out five times in that span. In fact, Reyes hasn’t had a two-hit game since Apr. 21 against St. Louis. That is just unacceptable.

If I am an opposing pitcher, I would not throw a fastball in the strike zone to Jose right now. He seems to be sitting on that one pitch only, and all of the off speed junk seems to be having him off balance.

First pitch changeups and curveballs can be used to get ahead of the Mets’ young shortstop, and then he can be finished off with cheese out of the strike zone. When you think about it, it really is alarmingly simple.

Reyes needs to re-establish his balance if he wants to get out of this funk. Especially with a guy like Chan Ho Park, who is going tonight, Reyes needs to be wary of the soft stuff, because right now, he doesn’t seem like he is able to handle it.

Teams know the scouting report on Reyes, and with his ability to change the game on the base paths, they are looking to do anything they can to get him now, and right now it seems to be working. It is up to Howard Johnson and Reyes himself to do the extra work that’s needed to get right back where he needs to be.


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