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Jose Reyes is just on fire so far.
Jose Reyes finished with two hits, two RBIs and two runs; he also notched his Grapefruit League-leading fourth stolen base. He's hitting .462 (6-for-13) in four games this spring. Williams, who was also hit by a pitch, had three hits and a pair of RBIs.
Phil Humber also got into the game and pitched two scoreless innings.
So when Humber got into the game Sunday, it was as much to congratulate him on a job well done as anything. Though Humber allowed a hit to the first batter he faced, he induced a double play on the next batter, issued a walk and then got out of the inning on a grounder. Humber retired the side in order in his second inning, collecting his first strikeout.
"That was unbelievable," Humber said about his debut, before learning it would also be his swan song. "That's something I'll never forget right there. My first time on a Major League mound, I couldn't feel anything. That's why all my pitches were up [in the first inning]. I was trying to get them down, but I couldn't feel anything.
"I was actually kind of mad at myself because everything was thigh high and eventually they were going to get wood on it. I was a little better in the second inning."
I'm not sure how things could of gotten much better. Well, actually I can think of two ways life could have gotten better.
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But imagine if a white free-agent baseball star claimed that a white GM tried to sign him on racial grounds, that the GM told him "We white guys should stick together" or suggested that his team will be a haven for white stars.
That would be Page 1 — top-of-the-telecast stuff. Bud Selig would express his official dismay while announcing "a complete and thorough investigation." Too late. That GM would already be through, kaput.
In addition to Humber, four other pitchers won't be on the major league side of Met camp anymore. Yusmeiro Petit, Grant Roberts and Jose Rosado were sent down, while Todd Van Poppel retired. The 33-year-old reliever was an extreme longshot to make the team.
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Reyes had five walks in 220 at-bats and an on-base percentage of .271, but hitting coach Rick Down sees progress in his discipline. "In his first game he got to 3-and-1 and swung at ball four," Down said. "But the thing to me is that he got to 3-and-1. He'll learn. He's got more plate discipline than Alfonso Soriano, and he's a pretty darned good hitter."
A year ago, Matsui was the shortstop and super-prospect Jose Reyes (who wasn't so super after all) was supposed to shift from shortstop to second base. But Reyes got hurt (hamstring) and couldn't hit, so now he's going to back to shortstop. Not to editorialize or anything, but I've got a hard time taking the Mets seriously considering their middle infield is composed of two players who: 1) are trading positions, and 2) were crashing disappointments in 2004.
Then again, they -- and the Mets -- have nowhere to go but up.
Tell us what you REALLY think. First off, I completely understand everyone's apprehension about Reyes' inability to actually stay on the field. However, unless you've watched him daily, you cannot judge him. You look at his #'s in 2004, and they look horrible. You look at his #'s in 2003 and 2004 together, and you may say his 2003 season was a fluky. The kid can play baseball. He may not stick at leadoff unless he starts getting on base more, but he is a top tier talent.
As for Matsui playing second base, he looked horrible at shortstop, but a lot of the issue was arm strength. As for his bat, Hideki Matsui was less than spectacular coming into the league his first year and he was on a tremendous offensive team that provided him snug protection. That was a luxury that Kazuo did not have. Now he has Beltran behind him. You think he'll put up some solid offensive numbers this year? I think that's a smart bet and I think it is also a smart bet Kazuo will get the job done at second base in the field.