I am getting sick and tired of Jose Reyes.
I no longer question his skill or his potential - for the first few years of his career I was convinced that I was dealing with the reincarnation of Juan Samuel. Now I think he's going to be similar to Jimmy Rollins offensively, with better OBP and more stolen bases but fewer home runs. He is one of the cornerstones of this team, who is signed to an exceedingly rare club-friendly deal, and the entire Mets' attack is more effective with him at the top of the lineup.
But if he doesn't get his head out of the clouds, Jose Reyes is going to continue harming this team's chances to win games at worst possible times.
Reyes was picked off second base at a critical point in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees. With two on, two out and David Wright at the plate, there was simply no reason to stray too far from the base. Wright has been murdering the ball lately and Reyes could've easily scored on a single hit to any of the Yankees' candy-armed outfielders. But there he was, taking a huge lead and inexplicably breaking toward third as Andy Pettitte raised his leg. Pettitte clumsily twirled and fired to second instead of throwing the pitch, and Robinson Cano was there to slap the tag on Reyes's head to end the most serious threat of the game.
I remember hoping after the play that Cano's tag was hard enough to finally knock some sense into Reyes. Incredibly, it was the second time this season that Reyes was picked off second base in a game the Mets eventually lost. It's a play that signifies an embarassing lack of awareness on the basepaths and simply should never happen to a thinking ballplayer.
Fast forward to yesterday, when Reyes threw a temper tantrum as he came off the field after the last out of the seventh inning. He had made a throwing error on a slow roller to short the batter before and obviously wasn't able to put it behind him as Jose Molina skied to Ryan Church to end the inning. Reports differ, but to some it appeared that Reyes threw his glove down even before the ball settled in Church's mitt.
It was a bush-league move for so many reasons, not the least of which is that the third out may not have actually been made before the tamtrum began. Imagine if Church lost the ball at the last minute and it deflected off his glove. The Mets would've had the most important defender on the field at the moment walking away from the play with his glove on the ground. It was completely inexcusable and Jerry Manuel should've sat Reyes down for the rest of the game the second he walked into the dugout.
Jose Reyes is 25 years old, which means he is too old for this nonsense. Temper tantrums and getting picked off second base twice a season is more appropriate for a shortstop playing in Brooklyn, not in Queens. When is Reyes finally going to add professionalism to his array of skill sets?