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Marlins drop struggling Jose Reyes out of the leadoff spot

Apr 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is shaking up his lineup in an effort to jump-start an offense which has scored only six runs during their current six-game losing streak.

After getting the day off yesterday, Jose Reyes has been dropped down to second in the order tonight against the Diamondbacks. He’ll be flip-flopped with center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who will bat leadoff against right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Signed to be a catalyst for the top of the Marlins’ lineup, Reyes is hitting just .205/.263/.329 with five doubles, two triples, four stolen bases and a .591 OPS over his first 80 plate appearances this season. The 28-year-old went 1-for-12 in his return to New York earlier this week and has just three hits over his last 23 at-bats.

Reyes has 44 career starts out of the No. 2 spot, but this is his first since July 10, 2010. History suggests the lineup tweak will be a temporary one.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Reyes will be sulking by the time you read this.

    • ezthinking - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      and Hanley too… Feel free to get a hit.

  2. mrwillie - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Can’t wait for The Franchise on Showtime. It is going to be interesting for sure.

  3. addictedzone - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Biggest drawback of this move is struggling Reyes is being replaced at leadoff by a struggling Bonifacio. Reyes is 3 for his last 23. Bonifacio is 2 for his last 23.

    • Glenn - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      If you are already batting them 1-2, does it really matter which one is lead-off? Seems like it would have zero impact on the outcome of a game.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Reyes has indeed been a catalyst – when you consider that a catalyst remains inert in the reaction it’s supposed to facilitate. What particular reaction our slobbering Parcelsus was looking to initiate by using Reyes as a catalyst instead of just breaking the tips off all the trainer’s rectal thermometers and collecting a sufficient amount of mercury – or maybe buying some swordfish fllets at Winn Dixie and squeezing it out of those, which could avoid some painful accidents if the trainer happened not to notice that his thermometer had been compromised – is not especially clear. But this, I guess, is what they mean when they talk about clubhouse chemistry, isn’t it?

  5. chiadam - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Well, the Marlins can still right the ship. They just need to build a new park, hire a new manager, vastly overpay a closer, and commit $100 million to a leadoff guy that gets hurts a lot. Oh, wait….

    • tsi431 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      And add some live fish behind home plate. I actually feed bad for Marlins fans. The new stadium is a “joke” and I won’t even go into the center field attraction that looks like my 5 year old daughter built.

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