Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores should be starting every day on the left side of the infield, now that Asdrubal Cabrera is about to join Jose Reyes on the disabled list.
I'm happy for Reynolds. He's earned this opportunity. I wrote six weeks ago that he should get more at-bats. He's never going to win a batting title. But, he's a productive player with good instincts. He strikes out in bunches, but he puts the ball in play during important moments and he consistently rises to the level of his competition, which is a trait I admire.
In 51 plate appearances this season, Reynolds, 25, is batting .255 with a .796 OPS and eight extra-base hits while batting .308 with runners in scoring position. He's also batting .276 as a starting player, .364 against lefties, and .313 when hitting with two outs.
I'm equally happy for Flores, who has done nothing except hit all season while repeatedly getting jerked around between different positions, being a starting player and hitting off the bench. I will never understand why Terry Collins consistently benches Flores the day after he hits a home run. It's one of this season's big mysteries.
Most important, unlike most of their teammates, Reynolds and Flores both look comfortable at the plate, they're reacting well and making solid contact. They're having good at-bats. And, I'd like to see what they can do on the field and in the lineup at the same time for a long string of games.
Collins will make this sort of move, then - regardless of what happened the night before - run out a new lineup the next day. It's like he can't help himself from using new players and a different lineup each night. Instead, I want to see Flores and Reynolds left alone. I want to see what they can do, consistently, day in, day out, instead of routinely switching roles and positions.
Flores and Reynolds will never be Molitor and Yount. But, I do think they can produce more at the plate than what the Mets had been getting of late from Cabrera and Reyes. And, I look forward to seeing if I'm right...