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If you want to boil Jose Reyes’s season down to one game, look no further than July 18. In that game, Reyes smacked a double and scored a run while rehabbing with the Brooklyn Cyclones. All the while, Coney Island’s famous roller coaster loomed large nearby. The game had it all—speed, run scoring ability, injury.
Reyes, who returned this Monday from his second stint on the DL, has simultaneously been one of the most exciting and most frustrating stories in baseball this season. The oft-injured speedster leads the National League in batting average (.335) and is second behind Michael Bourn in stolen bases (35). With a strong September, he could scored 100 runs for the first time since 2008.
But news isn’t all good for Reyes, he’s had a pair of left hamstring strains this year and missed most of the 2009 season with a right hamstring tear requiring surgery. Even with solid numbers, the injuries and the Mets losing season have silenced early talk of an MVP award.
Reyes will become a free agent at the end of this season and will likely garner loads of attention from the big budget ball clubs, but the question remains, will anyone want to pay $100 million for an injury-plagued star? Will the ups and downs of 2011 haunt Jose Reyes in the offseason?