With Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis reeling lately (the
lefthander allowed 17 runs and 26 hits in his last 18 innings
through Sunday), Mets shortstop Jose Reyes suddenly became a
leading contender for NL Rookie of the Year. Though the
20-year-old Reyes wasn't called up until mid-June, he was hitting
.306 with 46 runs, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 68 games. On
Sunday, Reyes sprained his left ankle while trying to break up a
double play in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies and at week's end was
listed as day to day....Prince Fielder, the Brewers' 2002
first-round draft pick and son of former Tigers first baseman
Cecil, was named MVP of the Class A Midwest League. Playing for
the Beloit (Wis.) Snappers, Fielder hit .313 with 27 homers and
109 RBIs....Shortstop Kazuo Matsui of the Japanese League Seibu
Lions (no relation to Hideki Matsui of the Yankees) will be hotly
pursued by major league clubs this fall. With a month remaining
in the season, the 27-year-old Matsui was hitting .304 with 27
homers in 115 games....Milwaukee, which had won 12 of its last
13, could play a pivotal role as a spoiler. The Brewers' final 23
games are all against teams in the NL playoff hunt, including
eight with the Astros and six with the Cardinals.