With each passing game, Jose Reyes is making his case for “Carl Crawford money.” I didn’t think he could get it, but now I’m not so sure that he can’t. Reyes had yet another multi-hit game against the Brewers Tuesday night, driving in all the Mets runs with his 11th triple of the season as the Mets won 2-1. Reyes now leads the league in batting, in addition to hits and triples.
Reyes is on pace to hit nearly 30 triples. To put that in perspective, the single-season record is 36, set by a fellow named Chief Wilson in 1912. Only two other players have hit at least 30, and those were in the 1890s. Curtis Granderson hit 23 triples in 2007. The only players to hit more than that played around the turn of the century (the 20th century).
Reyes could have an historic season, and if that happens, Sandy Alderson will face severe pressure to sign him at any cost, lest he incur the wrath of Mets fans.
Chris Capuano picked up the win, his fourth win of the season. Terry Collins played this one perfectly, removing him for a pinch hitter after six innings.
I could only see the Brewers feed of the game, and in the bottom of the sixth they pointed out that Capuano’s ERA over the first five innings of his starts is around 3.50 (I didn’t write down the exact number), and his ERA after that is like 15.00 (maybe 13.00 or 14.00, but the point is made). And almost on cue he gave up a home run to Prince Fielder and later a double. I was surprised Capuano made it through the inning allowing just the one run.
For whatever reason, Capuano is a five or six inning pitcher. That’s the way Collins has to manage him for the rest of the season.