Reyes doesn't just earn praise from Mets

Terry Collins can't stop raving about Jose Reyes.

Neither, it seems, can anyone else.

Here's what Collins had to say on Saturday night when asked what other managers have told him about his 28-year-old superstar:

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

#7 SS
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM68
  • HR3

  • RBI28

  • R53

  • OBP.388

  • AVG.343

"There's some managers that have only been here a couple years -- so they didn't see him four years ago when he was supposedly at the top of his game," Collins said. "But I've talked to them and they'll say, 'Boy, Reyes is having a heck of a year.' And I say, 'Wait until you see him play every day. You can't appreciate it until you see it.' And by the end of a series, the last three series actually, the managers have come to me and been 'Oh my gosh.' They marvel, because usually you talk about accolades for all the guys that are hitting home runs. But this guy creates runs, he scores runs, he's driving in runs and he keeps other teams from scoring runs.

"One manager told me the other day, 'If he's not the best player in the National League, I'm not sure who is.' And that's a big statement."

Said Reyes: "I appreciate that, but that's something that doesn't go to my mind. I just want to continue to play and continue to do good."

• Reyes singled in the third inning during Saturday night's 6-1 Mets victory and has now hit safely in 19 of his past 22 games.

• Reyes scored twice on Saturday night, and since May 25 he has scored a major league-high 25 times, including at least one run in 17 of his team's past 21 games. The Mets are 9-3 this season when Reyes scores at least two times in a game.

• Reyes stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season on Saturday night. It was his seventh multi-steal game of the season, which ties Michael Bourn for the most such games in the majors. Reyes has 61 career multi-steal games, the second-most since he entered the bigs in 2003 (Juan Pierre, 68).