Jose Reyes is on a tear, and the New York Mets would like to
take advantage of that a bit more frequently.
Success against Tim Hudson has been much harder for them to come
Reyes looks to continue his hot hitting when the Mets attempt to
conclude a 10-game homestand at .500 as they face Hudson and the
Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.
Reyes leads New York (26-31) with a .335 average while his 10
triples are the most in the majors and his 19 steals rank among the
He’s been particularly good at the plate recently, hitting .462
with four triples, 11 runs and five RBIs in nine games, but the
Mets have won just four of them.
New York capitalized on Reyes’ three-run triple Saturday,
beating Atlanta 5-0 after losing Friday’s opener of this three-game
set 6-3 partly due to a costly error from the All-Star
“He’s an amazing player,” said Jason Pridie, whose pinch-hit,
RBI single started a five-run seventh Saturday. “We’ve had a tough
little run in this homestand, so it was great to tack on a few
The Mets are 4-5 on this homestand, and not ending it with a
losing record would appear to be a tall task considering they have
to face Hudson (4-4, 3.75 ERA).
The right-hander has won five of his last six starts against the
Mets with a 2.20 ERA, including victories in all three outings at
Citi Field while compiling a 1.80 ERA.
He’s held Reyes to a .267 average in 60 at-bats.
Hudson, though, is winless since tossing a one-hitter in an 8-0
victory over Milwaukee on May 4. He’s 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA over his
last four games but has been backed by just five total runs.
The right-hander was impressive Monday, allowing two runs – one
earned – with seven strikeouts in six innings of a 3-2 loss in 10
to San Diego after missing his previous turn in the rotation with a
“Our goal is not to give up any runs, whether we’re scoring a
lot of runs or we’re not,” Hudson told the team’s official
Like Hudson, R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.39) has been dealing with a
lack of support and a recent injury. He’s received three runs or
fewer in nine of his 11 starts.
The knuckleballer was the hard-luck loser while pitching through
a torn plantar fascia during Tuesday’s 5-1 defeat to Pittsburgh. He
fanned a career-high 10 and carried a two-hit shutout into the
eighth before allowing three runs and exiting with two outs.
Dickey is 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in three starts against the
Braves, losing both at home. His most recent meeting with Atlanta
came in a scoreless inning of relief during a 3-2 road win April
He’s not expected to contend with Chipper Jones, who is 8 for 20
with three homers and five RBIs over his last six meetings with the
Mets. The third baseman is scheduled to be rested for the series
finale with Martin Prado replacing him from left field.
Prado has come up empty in eight at-bats versus Dickey, but he
has five hits with three doubles and a solo homer over the last
The Braves (32-27) are 13-7 at Citi Field.