News: Jose Reyes to Bat Third Tonight

Jose Reyes will bat third in the lineup tonight, with Jason Bay following him in the fourth spot.

Reyes told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: “Whatever is best for the team, I’m going to do it…I don’t have any problem.”

…i think a shakeup of the lineup is definitely necessary, but i have to wonder what the expectation is with this move…Reyes is perhaps the most exciting player in baseball, and one of, if not the best leadoff hitters in the game, and i think taking him out of that role does not maximize his value or potential…i do think he is capable of making this adjustment, but at the same time, i don’t think they have anyone who is better in the leadoff spot than Reyes and he’s only now looking comfortable in the role he’s in, so why change that…i think it makes more sense to leave Reyes where he is and move Bay out of the cleanup hole until his bat comes around, which it definitely will…

…the Mets continue to try and compensate for Carlos Beltran’s absence, and i understand that, but those are awful big shoes to fill and it just goes to show how valuable Beltran really is to this team, and the offense in particular, as no matter what the Mets do, they are going to be challenged to replace his presence in the lineup…

Rubin says Reyes will bat ahead of Jason Bay with the hope Bay sees more fastballs with Reyes on base as a stolen base threat.

According to Rubin, Reyes said Jerry Manuel’s advice was “Do your thing. Don’t try to be different there because you’re going to hit three'” to which Reyes responded “‘I’m going to be me. I’m going to take it like I’m going to be leadoff.’ He explained it to me. I said, ‘I don’t have a problem Jerry.'”

For more on the lineup changes, check out ESPN New York here.