I never thought I’d write this, but it looks as if Jose Reyes is earning himself a spot on the Mets’ 2018 roster. After a miserable start, Reyes rediscovered his stroke in the second half, which culminated in two homers in tonight’s 5-1 victory over Cincinnati.
“He’s somebody who really loves to play,’’ manager Terry Collins said. “And, yes, I can see him playing a lot somewhere next year.’’
That could be with the Mets if he opts to take less, but Reyes has never been one to leave money on the table and there’s no reason to believe he will start now.
Reyes struggled hitting less than .200 for much of the season, but is up to .238 now, but with still a paltry .307 on-base percentage. He broke .200 for good, June 30, against Philadelphia.
In addition to his hot hitting since mid-June, Reyes also endeared himself to the Mets by taking Amed Rosario under his wing.
LUGO GOES SIX: Seth Lugo struck out four and gave up four hits in six scoreless innings, easily his best start of the season. Lugo threw 84 pitches, nine more than Collins set his limit at 75.
Lugo (6-4) began the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, but still doesn’t have a spot on next year’s staff: starter or reliever?
Prior to the game, Collins said injuries sapped Lugo’s strength when he faced a lineup for the third time.
NHL COMES TO CITI FIELD: Finally. Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said he’s made repeated overtures to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to have Citi Field host the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. That will come to pass this New Year’s Day when the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres face off.
“Our clubs love participating in these games,’’ Bettman said. “Our fans love attending them, and iconic venues like Citi Field are anxious to host them.’’
Said Wilpon: “Having two great franchises from the state is something that we’re really excited about,’’ Wilpon said. “I’ve bothered, badgered, pleaded with Commissioner Bettman for years to have this event here. Thank you for finally allowing us to host it.’’