The former Mets star was returning to his old stomping grounds at Citi Field for the second time since signing with the Marlins in the offseason, and he has also been one of the hottest hitters in the Majors. In Tuesday's series opener, Reyes extended his career-best hitting streak, which is also the longest in the Majors this season, to 25 games.
While the spotlight has been on Reyes, the man who replaced him in the Mets' infield, Ruben Tejada, has been on a bit of a tear himself.
Since returning from the disabled list June 24, Tejada is hitting .331 (55-for-166). On Tuesday, Tejada went 1-for-5 and extended his own hitting streak to 12 games. During the streak, he is hitting .364 (20-for-55).
"We're very, very fortunate that he's had the kind of year he's had, because had he not had it, I'm sure there would've been a lot of people trying to draw comparisons or certainly concern that we didn't re-sign Jose," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But fortunately, Ruben's played as well as he has."
Looking to halt Tejada's streak and give the Marlins the series win when the teams square off Wednesday night is righty Nathan Eovaldi, who will make his third start for Miami since being acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade. Eovaldi struggled during his last outing, which lasted just two innings, as he gave up six runs on eight hits against the Braves.
Eovaldi struggled to locate his fastball and was unable to execute his slider or changeup during that start.
"It was just one of those games where I wasn't locating anything," Eovaldi said.
The righty will try to bounce back against the Mets, whom he is facing for the third time this season, but the first time as a Marlin. He went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in his two previous outings against New York this season, with his last start against the Mets coming on July 22 at Citi Field, just three days before the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins.
"I felt like I did pretty well my last time out [against New York]," Eovaldi said. "I only went 4 1/3 [innings], but I felt like I attacked the zone well against them. Hopefully I'll be able to do that and limit my pitches a little better."
Marlins: Stanton's playing time will be monitored
All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins' lineup Tuesday for the first time since July 7. The slugger underwent right knee surgery last month, and the Marlins plan to monitor his playing time as he works his way back from the surgery. Stanton, who went 0-for-3 but drove in a run on a sacrifice fly Tuesday night, likely won't play in Thursday's series finale at Citi Field, a day game.
Mets: Young takes the mound
Right-handed pitcher Chris Young faces the Marlins on Wednesday for the first time this season -- and first time since joining the Mets last year. He is coming off his best outing of 2012 -- seven innings of one-run ball against the Giants.
Young is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three career starts (19 innings) against the Marlins, but hasn't pitched against them since 2007, when he was with the Padres.
Tejada is 0-for-6 this season against Eovaldi. Reyes is 1-for-12 with a triple and four strikeouts in his career against Young.