THE REYES FACTOR

24 Apr

You know the saying, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone?

For the Mets and their fans, the absence of Jose Reyes from the team for most of last year and the start of this year was a burden that the team couldn’t withstand. While many knew before his injury how important he was to this team’s day to day success, it is with his return that he has fans pulling out their old orange and blue hats once again.

With Reyes returning to form this homestand, this team all of a sudden feels right.

Sure when a team wins, the flaws tend to be swept under the rug. New York still has flaws, many of them. But with these winning days of late, the holes aren’t crippling and we once again see the direct correlation between Jose Reyes and Mets victories.

We hear the stat all the time. When Reyes gets on base, the Mets tend to win. With his breakout game last Tuesday, Jose and company put together three straight victories following a loss on Wednesday to get this team back to .500 for the first time since the end of game two.

So with this being said, fans have a right to hold their breath every time the Mets dynamic shortstop runs down the first baseline. He is the most important player on this team right now, and his presence in the line-up is the number one key for this team to succeed this year.

When you predict the production for this offense, besides David Wright, who will finish with a batting average over .300. With Wright and his streaky nature, Reyes becomes the one guy in the line-up who you can depend on to hit .300 and idealy have an on base percentage of .400.

The Mets feature streaky hitters in Wright, Bay and Francoeur. Castillo cannot be counted on to hit for a .300 average and Ike Davis is still to new to know. With Beltran out for at least another month, Reyes becomes the one player the team can count on to get on base.

Jose Reyes is the x-factor for the Mets this season. His smile is as contagious as his hitting, and Mets fans are hoping that happy days are here again.

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