Mets: Jose Reyes has an OPS worse than 100 players’ slugging percentage
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets infielder Jose Reyes made the final out in Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees. When he did, his OPS dropped to a miserable .399.
As far as statistics are concerned, one doesn’t need to dive too deep into Jose Reyes‘ 2018 numbers to know how bad the year has gone. The veteran infielder has offered very little to the New York Mets this season. After Saturday’s game, one number stands out.
Mickey Callaway managed his team to the point where the final at-bat put Reyes at the plate against Aroldis Chapman. With men on first and second, Reyes lined out to Aaron Judge to end the game.
In doing so, Reyes saw his OPS drop to .399. It’s a horrific number for anyone to have. In fact, it’s almost impossible.
If you didn’t know, OPS stands for on-base plus slugging. It’s a pretty simple statistic which measures a player’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage. It’s a nice overall gauge of how often a guy gets on base and the quality of his hits.
Reyes, who has only 10 hits all season in nearly 80 trips to the plate, has only a pair of extra-base hits. Even if he had slugged a couple of home runs, it’s hard to believe his numbers would look much better.
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To truly understand how bad the .399 OPS is, I took a look at how other MLB players are performing. Nearly a dozen have OBPs better than Reyes’ OPS. Over 100 of them have a slugging percentage which bests his .399 OPS total.
Even if we were to double the .399 OPS, there are about 70 players who would have a better total than Reyes. Essentially, he’s half a baseball player.
There isn’t much positive to say about Reyes this year. The Mets’ desire to send him off properly is terribly misguided. On Saturday, it may have even cost them a win.
Chapman is one of the best closers in baseball. To expect anyone else to pick up a hit in that spot is unfair. However, after walking two batters already in the inning, I have to believe Chapman knew he could go right after Reyes and come away with a save.
The Mets are staring 0-8 on this current homestand. Now officially one of the worst teams in the National League, it’s clear they must cut ties with Reyes.
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There’s no justification to keep him around any longer. The most proper send off is to end the misery.