Jose Reyes won’t start today, with manager Willie Randolph saying he needs a head-clearing day.
After opening the season hitting safely in eight of his first nine games, Reyes has hit a tailspin. He’s hitting .125 on the trip, and his on-base percentage has dropped to .272.
Reyes said he’s not getting the hits he got at the start of the season, which doesn’t take much to figure out. The reason is that he has been overanxious and not as patient as he was coming out of spring training.
Kaz Matsui hit in the leadoff spot and singled to right on the game’s second pitch.
2B Kaz Matsui
C Paul Lo Duca
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
SS Chris Woodward
CF Endy Chavez
RHP Victor Zambrano
No confidence here …
Randolph and Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson both say they have confidence in Zambrano. That’s understandable; it’s their job.
That doesn’t mean I have it. Every time he pitches I would take the over on the runs scored.
San Diego’s Dave Roberts took Zambrano to the warning track on the third pitch he saw. Two pitches later Josh Barfield went deep. Brian Giles followed with a single. All the balls were scorched.
Carlos Beltran is sitting again, and there’s really no way of knowing when he’ll return. … Wright has a huge welt on his left side underneath his armpit from getting hit by a pitch Saturday night.