How Jose Got His Groove Back

Carlos Beltran saw what we all saw, something hasn’t been right with Jose Reyes. Reyes hasn’t been playing like the potential MVP everyone though he could be since early last season.

We all speculated what could be wrong with Jose:

Is he partying too much? Is he on drugs? Has fame gotten to his head? Is there something else wrong in his personal life?

Turns out we were all wrong. Before Tuesday’s game, Beltran told Reyes basically to be yourself. For Reyes, being yourself means Reyes acting like kid who just downed a six pack of Mountain Dew.

“As a teammate, I know, I see when somebody’s not happy and I didn’t think he was happy,” Beltran said last night. “I tell him ‘I want you to be the Reyes that you always have been.;

Because he’s a fun guy. He’s always playing around, jumping around. It’s difficult to be someone that is not you. So him being quiet, that’s not him. We like the Reyes that always is jumping around, playing around I guess he realized that and he’s changed.”

Low and behold, Reyes has been on a tear ever since. He followed up Tuesday’s 4 hit barrage with a HR as part of a 2-for-4 showing in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Nationals.

“I have to enjoy my game and be the way I am,” Reyes said. “I can’t worry about the other team getting mad because other teams they do that, what we do they do it, too. I don’t care about that. I just care about this team.”

Beltran didn’t sit back either, he had a 3-run HR, his unofficial 2nd HR of the season (Beltran’s obvious HR in Florida was overturned by the umpires). Ryan Church, once again batting second, also added a solo HR as part of a 2-for-4 night and is now hitting .340 on the year.

After his unbelievably dominant Spring Training run, John Maine has been somewhat wild but he did get the “W”. Maine is walking batters at an alarming rate.

In the first, Maine was in trouble after walking the first batter, Cristian Guzman. Next, Ronnie Belliard singled and then Ryan Zimmerman drove Guzman home on a sacrifice fly. Next, Maine walked Nick Johnson but then he gained his composure getting Lastings Milledge and Austin Kearns on fly outs.

Maine settled down but was taken out in the seventh after back-to-back 2 out walks. Joe Smith came in and got out of the inning and he pitched the eighth as well. Smith struck out 2 and his only allowed base runner came through a HBP. Smith’s ERA is now 1.35.

Billy Wagner, who is yet to allow a hit, closed out the game for his second save of the season.

All in all, it was another solid win for the Mets but, I am not going to get too crazy. Even though the Mets struggled last season against the Nationals and Marlins, their 4-1 record against these same 2 teams in 2008 is overshadowed by their 3-5 record against potential playoff teams Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.

Before I think the Mets have moved on from their dismal play, the Mets need to keep the crisp play going in tonight’s game against Washington and certainly over the following 5 games in Philadelphia and Chicago. If the Mets can go 4-2 in these next 6 games, then we finally might be able to turn the page.


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