Jose Reyes has not started off the season the way the Miami Marlins had hoped. Could a trip back to his old home at Citi Field help that? The Marlins sure hope so as they open up a three-game series with the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
In his career with the Mets, Reyes hit .319 at Citi Field, including .337 last season, the highest average of anyone with over 100 at-bats at that stadium. If he does wind up hitting well back in New York, it would certainly boost his current batting average of .230 and only six runs scored.
The Marlins hope that Reyes can be a catalyst and help provide run support for starting pitcher Josh Johnson, who stands 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA. He went seven innings in his last start against the Chicago Cubs on April 17, allowing only two runs.
Johnson will match up against Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana. While he looked good in his opening start, he had a bad start on April 17 against the Atlanta Braves, going only one and a third innings while allowing six runs in the shortest start of his career.
The game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch with television coverage being provided by Fox Sports Florida. Radio coverage will be provided by WAXY 790 and WAQI 710.