The Mets are coming off a three-game home sweep of Chicago, outscoring the Cubs 17-6.
“Everybody’s eyes light up when he gets on. He makes it easier for everybody,” Floyd said of Reyes, whose hitting streak is currently the longest in the majors.
“If they look at the standings then they know we’re back in the mix,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “I trust they understand it’s time to play.”
Even though he wasn’t involved in the decision either time, the Mets have lost Martinez’s last two starts. The right-hander struck out eight for the second straight outing Wednesday, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee.
“Every team feels good when their best pitcher’s going, but at this point of the season, we’ve seen enough of how the season goes that we’re not going to put our eggs in one basket,” Randolph said.
San Diego has won four straight, including a 3-0 victory Sunday to complete a three-game road sweep of the Washington Nationals.
Despite being only one game over .500, the Padres have a three-game lead over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
“We definitely didn’t want to be under .500. We felt embarrassed when we played the way we did,” pitcher Jake Peavy said. “But this team is back playing the baseball that we know we can play.”