The New York Mets are starting Jose Reyes in left field on Tuesday evening against the Cincinnati Reds, marking the regular infielder’s first career start in the outfield. Reyes has seen time at second base, shortstop and third base this season while he’s also earned time in center field on a lone occasion as part of a double-switch midway through a game in mid-May.
Due to injuries to both Reyes and fellow infielder Wilmer Flores two weeks ago, the Mets inserted catcher Travis d’Arnaud at third base while he infamously shifted between the hot corner and second base. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is out for the season with a hamstring injury. Slugging outfielder Michael Conforto was lost for the year last Thursday when he suffered a shoulder injury while batting against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Reyes has had a tough go-round this season especially at the plate where he’s hitting .230, which would be the lowest single-season mark of his 15-year big league career. He has 35 extra-base hits and 40 RBIs over 116 games this season and has accounted for a -0.9 WAR, on pace to collect a negative mark for just the second time of his career. Reyes joined the Mets midway through the 2016 season after he was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies. It’s his second stint in New York after spending his first nine professional seasons with the Mets. Reyes has also played for both the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Mets, who haven’t won back-to-back games since back on August 10 and August 11, enter Tuesday 16 games under the .500 mark.