When the Toronto Blue Jays opened their season full of hope, one of the main highlights was the performance of their new leadoff hitter Jose Reyes. As the season comes to a close on a much less hopeful note … well, at least the latter part hasn’t changed, as the shortstop is still looking poised to close his first season in Toronto with a bang.
If it weren’t for his .312/.375/.477 month of July after coming off of a serious ankle surgery, you could also call it a fitting bookend to the Blue Jays’ season, but alas …
The fact of the matter is that his near-disastrous injury suffered back in April meant that the 2013 season would be, at its best, an up-and-down affair for Reyes, and considering his numbers from month to month (.991 OPS in April, .611, .852, .669, .788 from June-September to date), that’s more or less what the team has gotten.
Still, it’s is nice to see that in he’s putting in a performance to help both his and Toronto’s season end on the upswing.
It’s mostly about small victories for the Blue Jays at this point, and with the team being 8-2 in their last 10 and enjoying their role as spoilers, it’s Reyes who is again leading the way, having hit in his last five games (with four multi-hit performances), and scoring a team-high (tied with Edwin Encarnacion) in the month of September.
And while he hasn’t exactly been crushing the ball out of the park, the 30-year old is at least rediscovering a bit of his power hitting three doubles in his last two games in 31 PA this month — already topping the two he had in 118 PA in August.
Whether it really matters or not, Reyes is once again literally leading the team to success these days (just ask the Minnesota Twins), and with 15 games against AL East rivals left in the rest of the 2013 season, he will get an opportunity to make an impact in the playoff race and make the league at least notice the Blue Jays — just like he did at the beginning of the season.