In a scathing article published last month, New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon said Jose Reyes was not in line for a big-money deal in free agency later this year.
With each passing game, though, Reyes is more than making his case.The surging shortstop will try to lift the Mets to their fourth straight win Wednesday night in the middle game of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers.Recently, The New Yorker posted a profile of Wilpon on its website that contained sharp criticism of Reyes, Carlos Beltran and the injured David Wright. While never publicly indicating that Wilpon's words are motivation, Reyes' production is speaking volumes.His second hit Tuesday, a triple in the seventh inning off reliever Marco Estrada, scored Josh Thole and Jason Pridie in the Mets' 2-1 win. Reyes is hitting .458 (22 for 48) with 13 runs scored in an 11-game hitting streak, and he leads the big leagues with 11 triples."I've never had a player like that where he is so exciting to watch," Mets first-year manager Terry Collins said. "I'll tell you what, when he hits a ball in the gap or down the line, he is right out of the batters box -- and he wants it, badly."Reyes is 11 for 39 with two homers and three RBIs against the Brewers' Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.69 ERA), who will try to extend a long unbeaten streak against the Mets.The left-hander is 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts since New York's 3-2 win over Philadelphia on May 4, 2005. Wolf also has given up just two runs in each of his last four starts against New York.Wolf didn't get a decision Friday against Florida after giving up four runs and five hits, including two homers, through five innings. Milwaukee won 6-5 on slugger Ryan Braun's first career pinch-hit homer in the top of the ninth.Prince Fielder hit his fourth homer in five games and 15th of the year Tuesday as the Brewers had their four-game winning streak snapped, and lost for only the fourth time in 17 games.Pitching at Miller Park could help the Mets' Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 3.95) forget his recent starts -- and how poorly he's fared on the road this year.The right-hander's only win against the Brewers (34-27) came on July 1, 2009, in Milwaukee, where he scattered six hits, walked two and struck out six in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets won 1-0.Pelfrey is 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA on the road, and 0-1 with a 5.26 ERA in his last four starts.Facing Pittsburgh on Thursday, Pelfrey allowed a season high-tying seven runs in the first three innings and 10 hits total before being lifted after five. The Mets (29-31) went on to post a 9-8 win and complete their biggest rally in nearly 11 years.New York is looking for its first four-game winning streak since a season-high six-game run from April 21-27.