Jerry Manuel’s grand experiment is over. Jose Reyes will bat leadoff against the Marlins on Saturday night, according to David Lennon of New York Newsday.
It was a worthwhile idea at the time, but Reyes batted just .207/.253/.280 with zero homers, six RBI and a 533 OPS over 82 at-bats as the No. 3 hitter. He is batting just .182 (10-for-55) in May and carries a .215/.267/.289 batting line into Saturday’s action.
Unfortunately, Reyes has fell into some pretty bad habits at the plate, swinging at a career-high 35.5 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, so hopefully a return to the leadoff spot will allow him to be more selective.
Reyes is simply swapping places with Angel Pagan in the lineup, who will bat third against left-hander Nate Robertson on Saturday. Somewhere in Florida, Carlos Beltran just went for a brisk jog.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.