New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes leads the majors in hits (76), triples (eight) and stolen bases (19) and ranks first in the NL in doubles.
He’s batting .335, his on-base percentage is .382 and he’s on pace to score 112 runs. He hasn’t struck out since May 16. But get this: The 27-year-old catalyst thinks he has yet to show his best stuff.
“I think I can get better at everything,” said Reyes after tying his career-high with four hits -- including two triples -- while driving in a run and scoring a run in the Mets’ 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. “Sometimes I make a couple mistakes, but like I said, I believe I could be better.”
“We were talking about that on the bench today. You take it for granted,” Jason Bay said of Reyes’ prolific season. “You come to expect it. It’s kind of like no big deal. he’s been doing it all year. It’s kind of one of those whatever he touches turns to gold. You take it for granted, but it’s really fun to watch."
Despite all the turmoil the franchise is currently going through, on and off the field, the Mets still have Reyes -- for now. But he’s due to become a free agent at the end of the season, and Fred Wilpon has said he’s not worth “Carl Crawford money.”
Reyes calmly fielded questions about his future in front of more than a dozen reporters at his locker postgame. “I’ve told you guys a million times,” he said. “I’m just happy to be able to be on the field and enjoy the game, because the last two years have been difficult for me.
“Right now nothing’s going on [with my future]. What’s going on is I’m playing and I’m on the field.”
That's true. Reyes has remained focused on playing the game and being the same effervescent guy he's been since he entered the league in 2003.
“I don’t try to put pressure on myself,” said Reyes, who collected his third multi-triple game of the season, and now has seven for his career. “I just continue to do what I do. I’m a leadoff guy. My job here is to get on base and score runs for this team. I feel very good. I feel like I gotta continue to stay like that. Right now I’m seeing the ball really good.”
Reyes said the key to his success this season has been a full month of spring training, something he didn’t have in 2010 after being diagnosed with a thyroid problem that kept him out for nearly three weeks.
Terry Collins believes Reyes has been at his best this season when he plays against the best of the best.
"When Jose is on the field with the likes of Jimmy Rollins and other great shortstops, he picks his play up immensely," Collins said. "Against the Yankees recently, when he played them at Yankee Stadium, he raises his level of play
"That’s the case for all star players. There’s a time when they can raise their game to where others can’t."
Meanwhile Reyes, who has six straight multi-hit games and also leads all of baseball with 26 multi-hit games, maintains he can get better.
That ought to be fun to watch.