Reyes thinking triple right off the bat

Reyes thinking triple right off the bat

MIAMI -- Thinking three is a mindset for Jose Reyes.

It's also a reason the Marlins shortstop racks up so many triples. In the first inning on Friday against the Mets, Reyes delivered his third three-base hit of the season, putting him two behind Orlando Hudson for the Major League lead.

"It's how I play the game," the All-Star shortstop said. "As soon as I see the ball in the gap, I put that in my mind, 'If I get to third base, we have a better chance of scoring a run.' Especially with less than two outs, I try to get to third base all the time. I think that's why I am so successful. I don't think double, I think triple."

Since 2000, Reyes' 102 triples are the second most of any player in the game. Only Carl Crawford, with 112, has more.

Spacious Marlins Park is suited for three-base hits. For Reyes, his new home is similar to when he played with the Mets at Citi Field.

"My game is not hitting home runs," Reyes said. "My game is to hit the ball in the gap and run."

Reyes and Shane Victorino paced the Majors in triples last year with 16. In 2008, Reyes had a career-most 19.

The Marlins' single-season triples record is 13, set by Juan Pierre in 2005.

How many triples could Reyes hit in a season?

"I don't want to put a number on triples," he said. "I know if I stay healthy, there's going to be a lot of triples. I don't want to put any number in my mind. When you put a number on your mind, you put pressure on yourself. I just want to stay healthy. If you stay healthy, the numbers are going to be there."