Reyes extends streak to 25 in second trip to Citi

Reyes extends streak to 25 in second trip to Citi

NEW YORK -- When he was last in New York in late April, Jose Reyes was struggling at the plate and the Marlins were off to a rough first month of the season.

Much has changed in Reyes' second trip to Citi Field, where he once again faces his former team.

The Marlins have retooled their roster, and despite the changes, Reyes has emerged as one of the hottest hitters in the game.

The Miami shortstop extended his hitting streak to 25 games with an infield single in the fourth inning in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Mets. It's the longest streak in the Majors this year.

Reyes matched Kevin Millar (2002) for the third-longest streak in franchise history. Luis Castillo holds the Marlins' record with 35 games, set in 2002. A year ago, Emilio Bonifacio reached 26 games.

"I'm feeling comfortable at the plate right now," Reyes said. "I feeling good, putting a good swing on the ball. I've been more consistent. The first half, I wasn't consistent. I've been consistent there."

Why does Reyes think he struggled in the first half?

"I probably tried to do too much," he said. "I just need to try to be me and play my game. When I try to do too much, that's what happens."

During the 25-game stretch, Reyes is batting .366 (37-for-101). While he's riding an impressive streak, the shortstop is also dealing with a sore right hand. After Tuesday night's win, he had it iced, and he said there was a little swelling.

Reyes initially tweaked the hand last Friday in the doubleheader in Washington while facing lefty Gio Gonzalez. The switch-hitter said it bothered him while hitting from the right side.

On Tuesday, he was facing another lefty in New York's Jon Niese.

"From the right side, if I get jammed, it's going to hurt," Reyes said. "From the left side, it's all right. It's no big deal."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reyes is the first reigning batting champion from either league with a hit in 25 straight games since Wade Boggs hit safely in 25 in a row in 1987.

Reyes also is the first defending National League batting champ to have a streak of more than 22 games since Stan Musial's 24-game stretch in 1952.

At a time Reyes has been hot at the plate, the Marlins have struggled in the standings. Reyes says he doesn't regret his decision to sign a six-year, $106 million contract with Miami.

"No. Like I've said, I'm very happy with where I'm at right now," Reyes said. "I'm in Miami. The fans there, they've been supporting me, too. That's good to see. There are no regrets. I'm happy to be where I'm at.

"We still have some pieces here. We've just got to put it together. I know there's a lot of injuries, too. We still have very good pieces here. It's not like everybody is going. We traded [Hanley] Ramirez, [Omar] Infante, [Anibal] Sanchez. They're good. We still have some people here who can take this ballclub to another level."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.