Shots fired in Anaheim

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Craziness after the Angels-Rockies game:

An off-duty police officer shot and wounded two men who had
assaulted him in the crowded Angel Stadium parking lot after Wednesday
night’s Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Angels game, authorities said. The
officer, who was walking to his car with his wife and small children
about 25 minutes after the game, was hit in the head with an object,
police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. The off-duty officer then shot the men
with his duty weapon, Schmidt said. Police did not immediately identify
the officer or the shooting victims.

I’ve been to the Big A a few times. The area around that stadium
doesn’t strike me as particularly dangerous, but I guess anything can
happen anywhere.

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.