Frenchie, when asked if he is sad that he’s not part of the Braves’ late season wild card surge:
I wish them nothing but the best,” Francoeur said, “but to be honest
with you, there’s not even a .1 percent chance that I’d want to be back
there right now. It has nothing to do with the people there because I
love Bobby [Cox] and I love that team. But sometimes you just gotta get out of the situation, and I was a guy that needed to get out.”
Yeah, it’s probably best that he’s not back there. Because if he was, someone may put two and two together and realize that his .250/.282/.352 line while in Atlanta is the main reason why the Braves have had to surge just to get into the playoff conversation in the first place.
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.