It’s hard to believe, but there are seven days left until Opening Day. Therefore, I wanted to do a quick season prediction post for #7, Jose Reyes, and what we can expect of him.
With David Wright out for at least multiple weeks into the regular season, Jose Reyes will claim the starting third base job. Playing third base for the first time in his career last year, Reyes faired well, playing 50 games there, and committing just six errors. Additionally, Reyes is going to move around the infield when needed, as a few starts at short and second base are realistic.
Furthermore, with Lagares and Nimmo both nursing injuries, there is a chance that Reyes makes a few appearances in center field. That would be a best case scenario late in the season, especially if the 36 year old veteran, Curtis Granderson, needs rest down the stretch.
In addition to his multifaceted fielding prowess, Reyes also immensely helps as a lead off hitter, who also has a bit of pop. In 60 games last season, Reyes batted .267, and he also had eight home runs. The eight homers are not a crazy amount, but they are impressive for less than half a season. Also one of those homers was one of the most clutch hits the Mets had all season.
Speaking of clutch, Reyes is great at rising to the occasion, so we can expect him to do so again. Just like he did with that game-tying homer in a vital game down the stretch against Philly, expect Reyes to hit multiple clutch dingers this year.
Since his departure, the Mets haven’t really had a true lead off hitter who has speed. Reyes refills that void. He is capable of swiping bases still, so I’d expect him to have around 20 this upcoming season. I’m also expecting him to hit at least .275, a bit better than what he did last season.
Finally, Reyes brings a voice to the clubhouse, and one can argue that his leadership abilities are a reason as to why the Mets were able to fight through their injuries, and make the playoffs. While the Mets are in better shape to make the playoffs and potentially the World Series this year due to no major injuries, Reyes’ presence will be key for the Mets to go far.
Reyes has been through good and bad throughout his 13 year career. He will surely teach young studs like Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz how to overcome whatever hardships they face throughout the season.