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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Another Take on Reyes

Tim Marchman, a sports columnist for the New York Sun whose opinions I respect, has a strong view on Mets' shortstop Jose Reyes. He believes that Reyes is, indeed, a budding star.

Here's why.

Although he is only hitting .250, the differences between his statistics this April from last April are striking.

He walked 12 times this April. He walked zero times last April.

His OBP is 80 points higher than his average, a league average .330. Because of Reyes' amazing speed and stealing ability, Marchman believes that simply maintaining a league average OBP will make him a star. He believs that Reyes' potential is much higher.

Marchman points out that ALL OF LAST YEAR Reyes had only 49 1-0 counts. THIS APRIL alone, he had 44 1-0 counts. Reyes is taking pitches and being much more selective. A great trend for a young player.

Marchman expects Reyes to break out no later than next year and believes he may put up crazy numbers before this year is up.

Here's hoping he's right.


  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Doesn't anyone care about this? This is BASEBALL people!

  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger OOS said…

    Ok Dad, I need a break from work anyway.
    Marchman has a good point, but only because the stats indicate that Reyes will become a good hitter. The fact that he is so fast does help, as it increases his chances of scoring when he does get on base. But his speed also works works against him. The Mets have the most powerful lineup in the NL. In almost every situation Reyes should stay put and wait for a double so he can score from first. Unfortunately, he plays for an unenlightened manager who still believes in small ball, and he therefore gets sent far too often. I don't watch any baseball so I don't know how many times Reyes gets thrown out with Wright, Delgado, and Floyd behind him, but it is probably far too often.

    However, no matter what Floyd does at the plate, it still makes sense to have him in the lineup on a monetary level. People pay to see him run. (which I don't really get. If they want to see fast people they should watch track.)

  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger OOS said…

    Reyes- not Floyd

  • At 11:07 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    The mumchim say that if you steal at a rate of 80% or better it is actually a good thing statistically. Reyes has consistently achieved this so there is an inyan to letting him steal. His proble in the past is that you can't steal first.

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger OOS said…

    vehigadetah lebinchah

    once again I have much to learn


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