Suggested links for Tuesday August 7

Unlike his first visit back, this time Jose Reyes’ new team is in tatters, yet, something strange happened during the Marlins plunge from relevance. As Miami got worse, Reyes got better, Mike Kerwick writes in the Bergen Record.

According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Jeremy Hefner proved that even though he doesn’t fit in the Mets’ starting-rotation plans at this point, he can—and will—play a role for the big-league club down the stretch.

According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets should bring Jason Bay back for 2013 because he can platoon with Lucas Duda, play excellent defense and provide meaningful leadership.

Ruben Tejada has made the phrase “Jose Who?” an applicable question around Citi Field, Mike Puma explains in the New York Post.

On MLB.com, Anthony DiComo writes, Tejada has emerged from the shadow left by Reyes.

Meanwhile, Andy McCullough explains in the Star Ledger, that life after Jose Reyes looks bright thanks to Ruben Tejada, .

Lastly, Anthony Reiber of Newsday says, “Ruben Tejada is holding his own as Jose Reyes’ replacement.”

Vinny Cartiglia

Man, Tejada has been great for the Mets. And Puma is correct. His play thus far has many fans asking, “Jose Who?” While the comment is made in jest, his play has truly made the loss of Reyes much easier to cope with. As crazy as it sounds, this sentiment is expressed to me daily be it on Twitter, FaceBook, email or in barbershop conversation.

As for Bay. Look. I totally get what Martino is saying. And, to be honest he makes a couple of really good points in his post. But, at the end of the day, productivity is what matters most and fans are growing tired of his non-productivity… myself included. Who can blame us? He has been downright awful for the Mets… and that’s being kind. And, I wouldn’t hold my breathe searching for any fan to come to his defense. At this point, if his name was never-seen on a Mets lineup card again, I don’t think most fans would give him a second thought… though Twitter and Facebook would certainly become a little less entertaining.