The Astros aren't always cheap

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Earlier this week I bashed the Astros for not letting people bring in outside food. That’s cheap in my mind, but this other thing they’re doing is the opposite of cheap. It’s actually pretty cool:

If the Astros have their way, the upper decks at Minute Maid Park will be filled with kids for the rest of the summer.

The team unveiled an unprecedented ticket promotion on Thursday in
which kids 14 years old and under can attend games for free in selected
seating areas until Aug. 23. Fans will receive two free tickets for
children with the purchase of each full price adult ticket purchased in
the Mezzanine, View Deck 1 or View Deck 2. The promotion, announced by
club owner Drayton McLane, is called “Kids Free All Summer.”

Tickets for this promotion go on sale at 10 AM Eastern today, both at the ballpark and at Astros.com.

As is evidenced by the food policy, not everyone gets everything right
all the time. But this one the Astros got right, and they deserve to be
applauded for it.

(thanks to reader aarcraft for the heads up)

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.