Bye-Bye Jose Day? Reds-Mets Could Be Reyes’ Final Game In Flushing

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jose Reyes is in position to become the first player in Mets history to win a batting title.

He may end up doing so in his final game with the team.

Reyes and the Mets close the 2011 season against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.

“I do believe it’s the end of an era,” said WFAN’s Craig Carton.

Reyes went 3 for 6 with two solo homers Tuesday in New York’s 5-4, 13-inning loss. That pushed the three-time All-Star shortstop’s average to an NL-best .336, one point ahead of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun.

Cheered by fans who realized the All-Star shortstop might play his last game for New York today, Reyes came out for a curtain call after his fifth-inning long ball. The home runs gave him seven this season and were his first since Aug. 2. This was his first multihomer game since June 19, 2010.

Reyes said he appreciated the crowd support, especially because “I don’t know if I’m going to be in Citi Field next year.”

Listen: Reyes on possibly playing his last game with Mets

The speedy Reyes will be one of the best players available on the free agent market despite a history of leg injuries. A batting title will surely help drive up the price.

He’ll have a good chance against Cincinnati’s scheduled starter.

Reyes is 4 for 5 with a triple in his career off Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.84 ERA).

“I’m going to play (Wednesday), for sure,” said Reyes, whose average is the highest by a Met since John Olerud hit .354 in 1998. Olerud finished nine points behind Colorado’s Larry Walker for the NL batting crown that year.

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts since being recalled from the minors Sept. 3. He didn’t get a decision in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh after giving up three runs over five innings.

A 17-game winner in 2008 before undergoing Tommy John surgery, Volquez has been sent to Triple-A twice this year to address control issues. He leads the team with 64 walks issued – in only 101 2-3 innings over 19 games.

Volquez is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts against New York (76-85), walking seven Mets over 9 1-3 innings.

Cincinnati (79-82) earned its third straight win Tuesday, getting home runs from Jay Bruce and Joey Votto before Drew Stubbs’ squeeze bunt in the 13th drove home the deciding run.

Bruce (32 homers) and Votto (29) are two big reasons why the Reds lead the NL with 183 home runs. Bruce went 3 for 5 with a homer, a double and two RBIs on Tuesday after going 2 for 14 in his previous five games at Citi Field. Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, is 8 for 29 with four homers and five RBIs in eight games at the Mets’ three-year-old ballpark.

They will face the Mets’ Miguel Batista (4-2, 4.24) in the season finale. The right-hander will make his first start since for New York since Sept. 11, when he allowed four runs in five innings of a 10-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Batista is 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in three relief appearances versus the Reds this season.

Cincinnati will fall far short of defending its 2010 NL Central title, instead finishing with its fourth losing record in five years under manager Dusty Baker.

Will Reyes be back in Flushing next season? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • DeeUp

    I’m tired of people saying Mets never won with Reyes, and the whole Jeter example is ridiculous. Yes Jeter has many rings, but since when is baseball a one-man show, this is not basketball and even it was Lebron taught us a while ago that a great player on a bad team can go but so far. Jeter didn’t play every position and he sure doesn’t pitch so the Yankees never won because of Jeter they won because of their entire team. Jeter has those rings because he had teammates who would come through. Not saying Jeter isn’t great, but so is Reyes.
    Look at it this way, if we keep their mlb performances and put Reyes on the Yankees and Jeter on the Mets since they were younger…would Jeter still have all those rings…no ….but Reyes probably would. Here’s a better challenge ,put Jeter instead of Reyes on the Mets now and see if he can get anymore rings with the Mets. He wouldn’t be able to not because of him but because of the team. So if you going to say Reyes is not a great player give a better reason. But I hope Reyes stays with the Mets…if they improve the pitching they can get somewhere.

    • Vincent

      Yeah, except Jeter is why the Yankees have won, as I’m sure you remember, though wish to forget the 2000 WS, he was MVP. Reyes choked in September of ’07 & ’08 when he hit just .176 & .240. You remember September of ’07 & ’08 don’t you, when the Mets did have a good team, with good pitching & the Mets choked? LOL

      There are also those intangibles that Jeter brings and Reyes does not.

      Jeter is a smart ball player; clutch hitter with the pressure on. Jeter has made plays during the post-season people still talk about. Reyes at times makes dumb mistakes & many during the course of his career, just look at the other day.

      I know it’s hard for Mets fans to except the truth, but its there, no matter what you wish to think.

      And yes, the Mets have never won with Reyes, why? because he can’t carry a team to victory, Jeter has.

      • DeeUp

        So did you answer my question would he carry any team to victory.

        • DeeUp

          And like you said the Mets choked Yankees usually always buy there way to victory so they hardly choke… i said mets dont have the type of players the Yankees to come through.

          • Vincent

            so the Mets spending over $140 mil a yr over the last few years & having the NL top payroll you wouldn’t call it buying a victory.

            It’s OK for the Mets to sign free agents, every year, and they have signed many, but it’s a problem when the Yankees do. This just shows you’re a moron.

            By the way, did you have a nice summer watching your losers lose? I now I did, LOL

            $140 million dollar payroll team and they can’t even be better the Nationals and finishing in 4th place..

  • Gary S.

    The Wilpons will find a way to screw this up……another well timed Fred article that alienates Jose & sends him to Boston. Ya Gotta Believe!

  • Chrisie

    As a die hard Mets fan even thru all the years of Agita, I could not be more proud to be one of those fan’s rigth now with Jose so close to getting the batting title. Jose, you made us proud and you were and always will be a pleasure to watch no matter where you wind up. Thank you!

  • Saxman108

    come on over to Philly Jose

  • Vincent

    “I do believe it’s the end of an era,” said WFAN’s Craig Carton.

    This is Jose Reyes we’re talking about, not Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays Tom Seaver or Derek Jeter.

    Carton makes it sound like Reyes was a juggernaut of a player who helped the Mets become a power house team by winning championships after championships.

    Help lead his team to the post-season 16 out of the last 17 years with 12 Division titles. Have over 3,000 hits, a career avenge of .315, with seven (7) 200 hits seasons, most by any shortstop in MLB history, and 5 WS titles.

    No wait, that’s Jeter, and that’s who Carton must have Reyes confused with.

    What it really is “Is the end of another overrated Mets player.” The Mets were what they were all these years (total of 9) with Reyes & will be without him.

    • blair

      you must not understand the concept of age. when a player reaches all of the milestones you’ve mentioned, it means they have had a long and productive career. it also means they are old. good, young player are worth way more money than good (formally great), old players. Sounds like you are trying to prove jeter is better than reyes. when their careers are over, the numbers will say who was better, and all signs point to jeter. right now though, reyes is a better MLB shortstop, and combined with the age difference, he is worth way more money.

      • Vincent

        Reyes been with the Mets for 9 yrs now and the Mets have never won. As for Jeter, he won his 1st WS title his rookie year & had his 4th ring by his 5th year and won it again just 2 yrs ago in ’09 where he hit .334, had 212 hits, not bad for an old man.

        My point was Carton saying “it’s the end of era.” What has Reyes done as a Met and for the Mets in accomplishments for him to think the Mets will not be the same without Reyes? The Mets have sucked with Reyes and if that’s what he meant then he may be right, the end of an era in Mets losing & with Reyes.

  • BleacherCreature26

    Die-hard Yankee fan here, but today is ALL ABOUT JOSE!
    A batting champion in New York? IM ALL FOR IT, EVEN IF ITS IN QUEENS!

    As a New York fan, you gotta be pulling for Reyes.

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