Monday, July 21, 2008

Move over Mookie - Jose Reyes is Coming Through!

Jose Reyes is running through the NY Mets team record book and is taking another step to becoming the Mets all-time lead-off man. Well, at least statistically speaking he is.

Sunday's game against the Reds showcased Reyes' speed as he collected his 63rd triple in a Mets uniform. His 63rd triple passes Mookie Wilson on the NY Mets all-time triples list. It took Mookie 10 years and over 4,027 ABs to get 62 triples. Reyes has now done in 6 years and 2,921 ABs.

Prior to Jose Reyes joining the Mets, the team had only two seasons in its history where a player had double-digit triples in a season. Lance Johnson 21 triples in 1996 and Mookie Wilson had 10 triples in 1984. In Reyes 6th full season with NY, he's had double-digit triple seasons in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Reyes is on pace to lead the team in stolen bases for the 4th straight season. That would also tie Mookie Wilson for the number of seasons leading the team in steals. He'll also pass Mookie later this year with the Mets all-time stolen base record. He needs 15 more stolen bases to achieve this milestone.

After the stolen base record, the next stop for Reyes is the runs scored record. He's probably two seasons away from that mark (171 behind Darryl Strawberry).

Jose Reyes is statistically leaving his mark on the NY Mets, but unless he helps bring a championship to Queens, Mookie will still be #1 in the minds of Mets fans.

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