Update from Kevin:
It’s kind of a strange game when the teams leadoff men have driven in five of the game’s seven runs.
Jimmy Rollins has two home runs for the Phillies but Jose Reyes just delivered a two-run single to put the Mets ahead 4-3 through four innings.
You’ve got to love leadoff men who take advantage when men are on base. It makes them that much more valuable. If Reyes loses his speed for some reason, I think he’d be great as a No. 3 hitter. His plate discipline has gotten so much better over the past year and he’s so clutch.
Both Reyes and Rollings, by the way, lead their teams in RBI.
It’s a little known fact that the greatest leadoff hitter ever, Rickey Henderson, drove in 1,115 runs in his career. He also belted 297 homers, many of which were to leadoff a game. Because of his late-career antics (google: poker and “bobby bonilla”) and his unwillingness to walk away from the game, Henderson doesn’t get his due as one of the best all-time. He should. If some team were willing to take him now, he’d still be productive.
Back to the game…