Mets-Brewers Preview

In a scathing article published last month, New York Mets owner

Fred Wilpon said Jose Reyes was not in line for a big-money deal in

free agency later this year.

With each passing game, though, Reyes is more than making his

case.

The surging shortstop will try to lift the Mets to their fourth

straight win Wednesday night in the middle game of their series

with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Recently, The New Yorker posted a profile of Wilpon on its

website that contained sharp criticism of Reyes, Carlos Beltran and

the injured David Wright. While never publicly indicating that

Wilpon’s words are motivation, Reyes’ production is speaking

volumes.

His second hit Tuesday, a triple in the seventh inning off

reliever Marco Estrada, scored Josh Thole and Jason Pridie in the

Mets’ 2-1 win. Reyes is hitting .458 (22 for 48) with 13 runs

scored in an 11-game hitting streak, and he leads the big leagues

with 11 triples.

”I’ve never had a player like that where he is so exciting to

watch,” Mets first-year manager Terry Collins said. ”I’ll tell

you what, when he hits a ball in the gap or down the line, he is

right out of the batters box – and he wants it, badly.”

Reyes is 11 for 39 with two homers and three RBIs against the

Brewers’ Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.69 ERA), who will try to extend a long

unbeaten streak against the Mets.

The left-hander is 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts since New

York’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia on May 4, 2005. Wolf also has

given up just two runs in each of his last four starts against New

York.

Wolf didn’t get a decision Friday against Florida after giving

up four runs and five hits, including two homers, through five

innings. Milwaukee won 6-5 on slugger Ryan Braun’s first career

pinch-hit homer in the top of the ninth.

Prince Fielder hit his fourth homer in five games and 15th of

the year Tuesday as the Brewers had their four-game winning streak

snapped, and lost for only the fourth time in 17 games.

Pitching at Miller Park could help the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey (3-4,

3.95) forget his recent starts – and how poorly he’s fared on the

road this year.

The right-hander’s only win against the Brewers (34-27) came on

July 1, 2009, in Milwaukee, where he scattered six hits, walked two

and struck out six in 7 2-3 innings as the Mets won 1-0.

Pelfrey is 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA on the road, and 0-1 with a 5.26

ERA in his last four starts.

Facing Pittsburgh on Thursday, Pelfrey allowed a season

high-tying seven runs in the first three innings and 10 hits total

before being lifted after five. The Mets (29-31) went on to post a

9-8 win and complete their biggest rally in nearly 11 years.

New York is looking for its first four-game winning streak since

a season-high six-game run from April 21-27.