Drop and Give Me One
The "struggling" Matsui upped his average to .280 with a .333 OBP. Still no power, but he is gaining his confidence slowly and the Mets should be able to see that part of his game follow. As of now, Kaz is on pace to play 141 games with only seventy seven strike outs in 534 at-bats. Last season, he struck out ninety seven times in 460 at-bats. He seems to be improving in that area, and that is a definite good thing. Although I'm not blaming the Mets loss last night on Reyes who's OBP is not at .267, would it kill Willie to drop him to the seventh spot until starts to do things the Mets need him to do? With Matsui heating up, putting him in the 1st spot with either Mienky or Wright batting 2nd should be a viable option. Don't get me wrong. With Reyes on pace to hit 49 doubles, smash 21 homers, and steal 28 bases, I want him in the mix up top. However, these are all grown ups. When Hideki Matsui was struggling in 2004, he was dropped to the seventh spot to gather himself and it turned out to be the best thing for him.
Of course you try and worry about player's confidence, but that is the managers job to make him understand he did not lose his place in the lineup. Make him understand it is his, but they just need him to work on things and to do that, put him in a position in the batting order where is it less magnified. Running a team should be based less on worrying about who's feelings are getting hurt and more on winning all games. Though Reyes ranks 52nd in batting average, Jose ranks 92nd of all qualifying players in OBP out of 101. He is joined by Aaron Miles out of those 101 players to not have at least one walk.
I keep going back to it because it is frustrating. I can live with a guy who gets OBP at a .280 -.300 clip on my team that gives us much as Reyes does all around, but not batting 1st.
Overall, the Mets have three guys in the top thirteen in OBP.
Benson sharp in rehab: Kris Benson, who's been on the disabled list since Opening Day, pitched Friday night for the first time since Spring Training. The would-have-been No. 3 starter worked three flawless innings in a Class A Florida State League game, pitching for the St. Lucie Mets against Jupiter. Benson, who tore a pectoral muscle in March, struck out four and threw 36 pitches.