May 25, 2017

Remembering Mets History (2005): Jose Reyes Hites Seven Triples Over Ten Day Span

Monday May 16th- Thursday, May 26th 2005: The 2005 Mets were up & coming. Things were looking good after signing free agents Pedro Martinez & Carlos Beltran. A Young Jose Reyes in his third season was playing in his first season and exciting everyone with his electric style of play. His number one dynamic was his speed.

During this ten day stretch Reyes would hit seven triples, collect fifteen hits & drive in nine runs while scoring seven.

On May 16th, 2005 Reyes started off the game with a triple & scored on Carlos Beltran's sac fly. The Mets went on to beat the Cincinnati Red 9-2. After going hitless the next night, he hit two more triples helping the Mets complete a sweep of the Reds at Shea Stadium. Reyes would triple in the 3rd inning & score on an error. In the 8th he tripled again & scored on a Miguel Cairo sac fly, as the Mets went on to 1 10-6 win.

In that years subway series at She Stadium, Reyes had a three hit day, driving in four runs in the Mets Saturday 7-1 win, including another triple, this one off Buddy Groom. The Mets went on to their next series against another rival, the Atlanta Braves. Reyes would triple again during the Braves sweep of the Mets.

On May 26th, 2005 Reyes had another big night, this time hitting a pair of triples driving in two runs in South Florida, as the Mets went on to a 12-4 win behind Kris Benson who went to 3-1 on the season.
Reyes drove in Benson in the 2nd inning & then Eric Valent in the 7th inning.


Reyes would go on to lead the league in triples for the first time of two consecutive seasons. He would lead the NL in triples four times in his career. He also went on to win the first of three straight stolen base titles.

He also led the league in at bats for the first of two times & plate appearances, the first of three times. He was considered for the MVP Award, although coming in at #30. The next year he would make the first of four All Star appearances.

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