Manager Jerry Manuel suggested to reporters he might bat Luis Castillo first and drop Jose Reyes to third.
I’m not crazy about the idea. My first inclination is Reyes will get power happy and put more balls in the air than he does already.
I wouldn’t have a problem with Castillo first if his legs are sound, but I’d hit Reyes second instead of third. If Reyes improves his on-base percentage, the No. 3 hitter will see a lot more fastballs.
As good as Reyes is leading off, hitting second might make him a better hitter if he becomes more disciplined. I still want Reyes to walk more and strike out less, bunt more and put the ball on the ground. If he’s protecting a good leadoff hitter, it just might go to improve Reyes’ game even more.