Another day, another four hits for Jose Reyes, who will likely be named NL Player of the Week tomorrow, and maybe Player of the Month at the end of next week. He credits his tear (32-56 for .571) during his 13-game hitting streak to shortening his stroke because of a hand injury earlier in the month.
“It was hurting my hand to swing,’’ Reyes said. “I had to shorten my swing and that helped.’’
Reyes homered on the game’s third pitch, and is playing with an unbelievable amount of confidence, said Carlos Beltran, who also homered in today’s 7-4 win at Toronto. The Mets won two of three, their fifth straight road series they’ve won. They are off tomorrow, but in Boston Tuesday.
Oh, a quick note about Lastings Milledge. Today was the annual day in which the rookies dressed up in women’s clothing. Milledge and Alay Soler. David Wright kiddingly said Milledge enjoyed it too much. This was an interesting little test. Milledge made a joke of it and pranced around the clubhouse. For all the heat he’s taken, including from myself, about his attitude and being a loner, his acceptance of this was a very important sign.
The players view it as an initiation rite, much like a college fraternity. Milledge got it, and that’s good.