Reyes looks to be more of a catalyst for Marlins

Reyes looks to be more of a catalyst for Marlins

Reyes looks to be more of a catalyst for Marlins
CHICAGO -- Across the board, the numbers are not what Jose Reyes is used to.

Like everyone else, Reyes sees them and knows they don't reflect the type of player he is. The Marlins shortstop is batting .264 with six triples and 44 runs scored.

"It's been frustrating a little bit," Reyes said. "I haven't played this way in a while. I'd like to be more consistent in more ways, and make things happen for this team.

"I'd like to score more runs. Scoring runs, that's something I love. I know if I'm scoring a lot of runs, I'm helping this ballclub."

Reflecting how the season is going, Reyes has a five-game hitting streak, but he's 5-for-19 (.263) in those games, with three runs scored.

"I'm hitting .260, I'm not too happy about that," Reyes said. "I have six triples this year; that's not me. I'd love to put myself in scoring position with less than two outs. I know that when I'm doing that, I'm helping this ballclub."

Reyes' last triple was on June 16 at Tampa Bay. His most recent multi-hit game came on July 5, a span of eight games.

"I think Reyes is on and off," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's cold, and then he will swing the bat good and hit the ball hard. I think there is a little frustration."

The Marlins count on Reyes to energize. And even though the 2011 National League batting champion hasn't put up numbers like in the past, Guillen is impressed with the shortstop's work ethic.

"I can't say anything about anyone when you show up to play," the Miami manager said. "Has he struggled? Yes, we know he's struggled. But I think he shows up every day to play, and that to me is more important."

Good days or bad, Reyes plays with passion.

"We've got it from him," Guillen said. "Jose never changes. Even though he's struggled, he never changes."