Reyes remains upbeat despite Marlins' results

Reyes remains upbeat despite Marlins' results

Reyes remains upbeat despite Marlins' results
ATLANTA -- A disappointing season hasn't wiped the smile off Jose Reyes' face.

Through adversity, the Miami shortstop continues to show up and play hard every day. He singled in the fifth inning on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, which is one shy of his personal high.

During the streak, Reyes is batting .338 with a .382 on-base percentage, four home runs, five doubles, a triple and eight RBIs.

Since the Marlins traded Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers last week, Reyes is becoming more of the face of the franchise.

The veteran is now being pushed into a leadership role. Eventually, the Marlins are expected to become Giancarlo Stanton's team. But the slugger is still on the disabled list after undergoing right knee surgery.

"Yes, I'm happy to be here," said Reyes, who signed a six-year, $106 million contract last December. "I will continue to play hard, give you everything I have.

"I notice a lot of young players on this ballclub like to play. They can take me as an example, just the way I play the game. I want to give everything I have to help this organization to win a lot of ballgames."

Reyes noted that the non-waiver Trade Deadline period was tough, as the team made four separate moves from July 23 through Tuesday's Deadline.

"There's been a lot of talk, a lot of rumors out there," Reyes said. "As a player, we cannot worry about that. We need to worry about winning ballgames. That's for our owners, GM, other people. For us, we need to continue to play."

At some point, perhaps after the season, Reyes hopes to get a better indication of the direction the ballclub is heading, and if he fits into those plans.

"It is different," Reyes said of the tough season. "It's shocking, because we went to Spring Training with high expectations. That team we had on Opening Day was a pretty good team. We were not able to put everything together. As a player, you need to continue to play, continue to go on the field, don't worry about what happened, how many guys the team is trading. You need to stay focused on the field and continue to do your job."

Reyes is the only infielder remaining from the Opening Day starting lineup. Ramirez is in Los Angeles, while Omar Infante was sent to Detroit, and Gaby Sanchez was dealt to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

"Baseball is crazy," Reyes said. "They do these things for a reason. Hopefully we can finish the season strong, play .500 baseball or better.

"We still have some players. When Stanton comes back, we still have JJ [Josh Johnson] here. [Mark] Buehrle, he's capable when he takes the ball. We need to put it together and be consistent. If we are able to do that, we are going to win a lot of ballgames."