If Terry Collins wasn’t managing the New York Mets, he’d be coming to Citi Field and paying top dollar to see shortstop Jose Reyes.
“If I was a fan, I’d make sure I’d get to see him play,” Collins said. “He’s exciting.”
Reyes continued his hitting tear on Sunday afternoon, going 2-for-5 with an RBI triple -- his MLB-leading sixth three-base hit of the season -- in the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The 27-year-old, who has been the subject of constant trade rumors and speculation, raised his batting average to .331. His on-base percentage currently stands at a solid .379.
“He seems healthy and all it takes is a little bit for him to get hot,” said third baseman David Wright. “But [when he’s hot] he can create havoc on the basepaths. He’s swinging the bat extremely well.
“He’s a very good player. We hope that it works out that he stays here, but we’re concerned about trying to go out there and winning baseball games, not where certain guys end up or who might get traded.”
“I see a guy that loves to play,” Collins said. “He gets caught up in all the big situations, and plays with tremendous passion and enthusiasm. It’s been amazing to watch him.”
After the game, a clubhouse attendant came up to Reyes, who seemed to be enjoying a text conversation on his cell phone.
“You got grease in those [cleats]?” the attendant asked. “Because you’re fast as hell.”