Zack Greinke: Buzzkill

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As Zack Greinke cruised towards victory yesterday, the fans in Kaufman Stadium were chanting “Cy Young! Cy Young!”  You’d think that would bring a smile to Greinke’s face, but apparently not:

“It’s pretty annoying, actually. I don’t like it at all. I guess it’s nice that they’ll do that, but it’s annoying to me.”

We know you don’t like the spotlight, Zack, but these fans haven’t had anything to cheer for in 24 years, so you may want to cut them a little slack.

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.