The results are in and most of you prefer Jose Reyes over Luis Castillo to hit leadoff. The margin was 70% to 30% and I have to agree. Now we’re starting to hear from Mets manager Jerry Manuel that he’s thinking about going back to Reyes leading off. The media stories we’ve been getting from Manuel about Castillo leading off go to my theory of Manuel working mind games.
We should also refer to the excellent post that Cyril Morong wrote at Cybermetrics about the best leadoff hitters in baseball last summer. It’s worth noting that Jose Reyes is at the top of the list in his statistical analysis.
In my mind, Manuel shouldn’t fix something that isn’t broken. Leave Reyes in the leadoff spot and try to hide Castillo at the bottom of the order. Maybe he could even try one of those crazy lineup’s that Tony LaRussa uses with the pitcher hitting eighth and Castillo ninth.