“Mr.” check, “Gooden/Strawberry” check, “batting average” check…can’t seem to find “a player named” in here. I’ll keep searching.
But Monday is Aug. 1, and for now, Reyes is not just still the best player in town this season, he is the MVP of his league. He has the second highest batting average in baseball, after Adrian Gonzalez, who is the MVP for the American League so far. He has scored 78 runs, even though you know what the rest of the Mets batting order has looked like for so much of this season.
Oh, sure, there are other players with better across-the-board numbers in the National League, starting with Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles McCourts. Ryan Braun is having a big year for the Brewers, so is Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard always has the numbers with the Phillies, who still have the best record in baseball. Brian McCann of the Braves was in the conversation before he got hurt.
In the end, the Mets could finally fade and finish as an afterthought the way Matt Kemp’s Dodgers already are. But right now, in the season that has been played in the National League, in the one the Mets have played without Ike Davis, with David Wright gone for more than 50 games, with Beltran gone now and Frankie Rodriguez gone and with Johan Santana just beginning to throw for real in Florida - in THAT season, Jose Reyes has been the MVP.
He has done that without hitting the ball over the wall, done that from leadoff, done that with all those multiple-hit games and all those triples, done that standing on second or third after blowing into one of those bases and smiling and clapping his hands. No one in the league has carried a team more than this.
Posted: July 31, 2011 at 09:43 AM | 28 comment(s)
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