Why is Jose Reyes batting lead-off?

In yesterday’s Sun-Ledger, Conor Orr quotes the Mets Jose Reyes as saying that “I don’t go to home plate looking for a walk, I go there looking to swing the bat.” Given that Reyes is batting lead-off for the Mets, he should be going to the plate to get on base. The fact that he’s not doing that explains why his on-base percentage (OBP) last season was only .321. That stat placed him in a three-way tie for the 110th spot in the MLB OBP rankings. Even Carlos Pena, who hit only .196, had a higher OBP than Reyes.

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