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Reyes taking responsibility for revving bats

Reyes taking responsibility for revving bats

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Reyes taking responsibility for revving bats
NEW YORK -- In constructing their roster, the Marlins banked on speed at the top of their order being a factor in manufacturing runs.

Right now, not much is clicking, especially from leadoff batter Jose Reyes.

The All-Star shortstop is having a rough time getting anything going. His batting average dipped to .215 after going hitless in four at-bats in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

Reyes entering Wednesday was 2-for-15 in his last four games, and he hadn't scored a run since April 18 against the Cubs at Marlins Park.

With Reyes having a rough time, so is the rest of the offense, which produced three runs in the first three games of the road trip.

"It's a matter of time," Reyes said. "Right now, we're not swinging the bat the way we want to, especially me. I'm the guy who you want to get on base. When you've got your leadoff guy on base, good things are going to happen for your team."

The offensive drought has resulted in the Marlins scoring 58 runs this year, which was tied with the Mets for the 13th most in the 16-team National League.

Miami's team batting average of .237 was tied for 12th, and its .225 mark with runners in scoring position was ninth in the NL.

"I made sure I talked to a few guys, and I said, 'Make sure you keep playing,'" Reyes said. "Everybody was hurting and sad. ... I went into the clubhouse, and I started screaming, 'Hey, keep your chin up, and just be ready for [Wednesday's] game. There is nothing you can do about today's game, whether it was good or bad.' That's the way we've got to look at it."

Reyes is putting it on himself to help get the offense going.

"I need to pick it up," Reyes said. "If I pick it up, the guys behind me are going to pick it up, too."

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