When Jose Reyes makes his encore homecoming visit to Citi Field this week, he’ll have something else to talk about besides his memories as a New York Met.
Reyes stretched his hitting streak to 24 games Sunday with a fourth-inning single off Stephen Strasburg. It’s the longest streak this season in the majors and the fourth-longest in Marlins history.
“This is the Jose Reyes everybody knows, and I know,” he said. “Finally, I’m putting it together.”
The boos were louder than the cheers for Reyes in April when he returned to New York for the first time since joining the Marlins over the winter. Reyes went 1 for 12 in the series and left with a .205 average.
“In the beginning, maybe I tried to do too much,” Reyes said of his first-half offensive struggles. “That wasn’t me.”
Reyes has been tearing it up lately. He has had at least one hit in every game since the All-Star break. Only once during the streak — at Pittsburgh on July 21 — has he gone down to his final at-bat before collecting the hit he needed to keep it going. By contrast, he has hit safely in the first inning of 10 of the 24 games.
“It’s not easy, but it’s good when you get it early,” he said.
“You get it out of the way and don’t put pressure on yourself.”
If Reyes can extend his streak to 25 games with a hit on Tuesday, he’ll tie Kevin Millar for the third-longest hitting streak in franchise history. Luis Castillo’s 35-game streak in 2002 tops the list.
New look awaits
Since Stanton last played on July 7, or just over a month ago, the lineup has changed radically.
Three of the Marlins’ Opening Day infielders have been traded and the team’s other two outfielders, Logan Morrison and Emilio Bonifacio, landed on the disabled list.
Stanton, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on July 9 to remove “loose bodies” from his right knee, completed his rehab assignment with Single A Jupiter on Sunday.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was leaning toward having Stanton hit in the fifth spot in the order. Guillen also said Stanton might not play every day at first.